On Thursday night, hockey fans in Toronto were celebrating!
We all know the Toronto Maple Leafs have made the postseason two years in a row now, and have some great young talent on there team, but on Thursday night, the AHL’s Toronto Marlies gave their fans and the city of Toronto a feeling they have not had in a long time or have never experienced.
The Toronto Marlies, who are the affiliate team of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, defeated the Texas Stars by a score 6-1 of in game 7 of the Calder Cup Final.
The Marlies, who captured their first ever Calder Cup title, have four members on their club that came out of the Soo Greyhounds organization, including head coach Sheldon Keefe, assistant coach A.J. MacLean, director of conditioning Richard Rotenberg and general manager Kyle Dubas.
Following the Hounds 54 win and 110 point season back in 2014-2015, Keefe, MacLean and Rotenberg were hired by former Soo Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas prior to the 2015-2016 season.
Since the hiring of Keefe and MacLean behind the bench, the Marlies have had two 54 win seasons in three years.
Keefe spent 2.5 seasons as head coach of the Soo Greyhounds from 2012-2015 while MacLean served as an assistant coach to him from 2013-2015.
Kyle Dubas, who spent three seasons as general manager of the the Soo Greyhounds from 2011-2014, was named assistant general manager of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 2014-2015 season along with being named general manager of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
The 32 year old, who has been the Toronto Marlies general manager for four seasons now, was named general manager for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs back on May 11th.
Leaf fans have been waiting for a Stanley Cup title since 1967, but on Thursday night, the Toronto Marlies gave the city of Toronto an experience they will always remember, and credit has to go to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native Kyle Dubas and the great job he’s done with hiring his former employees from the Greyhounds.