The province’s new professional hockey franchise, the Newfoundland Growlers has announced the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies as their NHL and AHL affiliates.
Chair of Deacon Sports and Entertainment, Dean MacDonald made the announcement this morning at Granite Bar and restaurant in St. John’s.
— Gerri Lynn Mackey (@GerriLynnMackey) June 14, 2018
The recently departed St. John’s IceCaps were affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens.
CEO Glenn Stanford says there is a strong Toronto fan base in this province.
He says no matter where you go you will always see that Toronto/Montreal split in the audience. Stanford says they’re scouting for potential local players but won’t say whether local players will be part of the team.