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Leafs lose 20 players as ECHL affiliate folds

Published April 3, 2024 at 11:54

With a sense of profound sorrow, the ECHL has sadly revealed that the Newfoundland Growlers, affiliated with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, will be folding, ceasing operations abruptly.

The team's inability to fulfill league requirements, stemming from missed payment deadlines, resulted in this regrettable consequence, despite continuous discussions for a sale unable to meet the ECHL's timeline. ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin, in a prepared declaration, lamented the absence of hockey in the Newfoundland area, extending gratitude to Growlers fans and associates for their steadfast backing.

With the team disbanding, the future of the players remains uncertain. Growlers players have been categorized as unrestricted free agents by the ECHL and PHPA.

#ECHL Terminates Newfoundland Membership

Nonetheless, each ECHL franchise is limited to acquiring a maximum of two athletes from this talent pool. Importantly, individuals with connections to the AHL or NHL will be reassigned to the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Leafs.

This development represents a substantial setback for both the Growlers organization and their loyal supporters. Despite endeavors to secure the team's continuation, the ECHL Board of Governors ultimately decided to revoke the Growlers' league affiliation. As the hockey community grieves the conclusion of a chapter, the Newfoundland Growlers' legacy, including their distinctive emblem, will endure in memory.

Source Bruins insider: Leafs lose 20 players after their affiliate team in the ECHL folds
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