Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to recognize five WHL Alumni as members of the 2018 Calder Cup Champion Toronto Marlies.
With a 6-1 win over the Texas Stars Thursday, the Marlies laid claim to their first Calder Cup in franchise history. Former Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman Andrew Nielsen (Red Deer, Alta.) and former Regina Pats captain Adam Brooks (Winnipeg, Man.) assisted on Toronto’s sixth goal in the contest to cap off the victory.
In addition to Nielsen and Brooks, WHL Alumni being crowned as Calder Cup champions include defenceman Martin Marincin (Kosice, Svk. / Regina Pats), as well as goaltenders Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg, Man. / Seattle Thunderbirds) and Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders).
Marincin led all WHL Alumni on the Marlies with seven points (1G-6A) throughout the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs while Brooks finished with six points (2G-4A) to his name. Both Nielsen and Pickard each picked up an assist to contribute to their team’s success as well. Between the pipes, Pickard appeared in three games during the Marlies run, sporting a 1-0 record with 43 saves on 45 shots in 119:48 of action.
The victory made the Marlies the first Canadian-based American Hockey League team to capture the Calder Cup since the Hamilton Bulldogs did so in 2007.
While unsuccessful in their bid to capture the championship, the Calder Cup finalist Texas Stars boasted nine WHL Alumni, including players Landon Bow (St. Albert, Alta. / Seattle Thunderbirds), Justin Dowling (Cochrane, Alta. / Swift Current Broncos), Austin Fyten (Sundre, Alta. / Vancouver Giants), Dillon Heatherington (Calgary, Alta. / Swift Current Broncos), Brent Regner (Westlock, Alta. / Vancouver Giants), and Reece Scarlett (Sherwood Park, Alta. / Swift Current Broncos). WHL Alumni who served on the Stars’ staff included Head Coach Derek Laxdal (Stonewall, Man. / Edmonton Oil Kings), Assistant Coach Karl Taylor (North Bay, Ont. / Portland Winterhawks), as well as Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi (Kamloops Blazers).