Newfoundland Growlers

ECHL ice hockey team based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland Growlers are a Canadian professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 2018. The team plays in the ECHL. They play their home games in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador at the Mary Brown's Centre. They are the ECHL affiliate for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are also the affiliates for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Newfoundland Growlers
CitySt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Home arenaMary Brown's Centre
ColoursGold, black
Head coachMatt Cooke
AffiliatesToronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
2018–presentNewfoundland Growlers
Division titles2 (2018–19, 2022–23)
Conference titles1 (2018–19)
Kelly Cups1 (2018–19)

On March 13, 2018, the new ECHL team was approved by the ECHL and would be owned by the same owners of the St. John's Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada).[1] The approval was delayed at first because of a dispute over arena rights.[2]

On June 14, 2018, an affiliation between the Growlers and the Toronto Maple Leafs was announced.[3]

On October 12, 2018, the team would play their first game as the Newfoundland Growlers. They would defeat the Florida Everblades 3–2 in front of a soldout arena.[4]

The team would be successful in their first season in the league. They would lead the North Division. They finished with 43 wins, 21 losses, and 94 points and would make it all the way to the Kelly Cup finals. They would end up winning the Kelly Cup after they defeated the Toledo Walleye four games to two.[5] The Growlers were also successful in the 2022–23 season, again topping the North Division. They finished with 48 wins, 22 losses, and 98 points. They would make it to the Eastern Conference finals but would be defeated by the eventual champion Florida Everblades four games to two.[6]


  1. "Board of Governors Approves Changes for 2018-19 Season". ECHL. Archived from the original on June 14, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. "Securing Of ECHL Team On Hold During Arbitration: MacDonald". VOCM-FM. Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  3. "Newfoundland Growlers Announce Affiliation with Toronto Maple Leafs & Toronto Marlies". The Newfoundland Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  4. "Recap: Growlers versus Everblades Oct. 12". Newfoundland Growlers. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  5. "Growlers capture ECHL title in their first season of existence". ECHL. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  6. "Kelly Cup run ends for Growlers after double overtime loss in St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved January 24, 2024.

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