MARLIES TIMELINE

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1204 - The town/area of Marlborough was officially established by the King of England John.

1703 - The First Duke of Marlborough is named. The honour is given to John Churchill who is widely considered the greatest military strategist in England's history. On top of that he also ran the Hudson's Bay Company and had the town of Churchill, Manitoba named after him.

1903 - The founder of the original Toronto Marlboroughs writes the Duke of Marlborough of the time (who also happened to be Winston Churchill's uncle) for permission to name his team the Marlboroughs. Permission is granted

1904 - The Toronto Marlboroughs Hockey Team challenge for the Stanley Cup, 28 years earlier than the Maple Leafs first Cup win.

1927 - Conn Smythe buys the Marlboroughs Junior A Team.

1929 - The Marlboroughs win their first Memorial Cup.

1929 - Hall of Famers Red Horner, Busher Jackson and Charlie Conacher are the first known Marlborough graduates to get bumped up to the NHL team.

1931 - Toronto Marlborough minor hockey is played for the first time. The current Marlies Minor Hockey Organization (GTHL) will be celebrating their 75th Anniversary next season.

1937 - The original Hot Stove Club is formed. It's purpose is to raise funds for Marlies minor hockey.

1950 - Led by George Armstrong, the Marlboroughs capture the Allan Cup. Armstong scored 19 goals in 17 Allan Cup playdown games.

1956 - The Marlboroughs capture the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year becoming just the second team to accomplish the feat of repeating as champions

1964 - The Marlies win the Memorial Cup and the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup. To date it is the only time that the Memorial and Stanley Cups have been presented in the same building as Maple Leaf Gardens played host to both trophy presentations.

1974 - Head Coach George Armstrong leads the Marlies to their final Memorial Cup win.

1989 - The Marlies end their association with the Maple Leafs, move to Hamilton and become the Dukes. Harold Ballard grants permission to Marlies Minor Hockey to continue with the use of the name and logo. Steve Thomas is the last Marlie to play for the Maple Leafs.




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