Lions vs. Growlers

Trois-Rivières Lions
1992-present
🏆: 2 (2008, 2010)
Newfoundland Growlers
1992-present
🏆: 1 (2019)
East Coast Hockey League, 1988-2003
ECHL, 2003-present

In 1988, teams from the defunct Atlantic Coast Hockey League and All-American Hockey League formed a new, five-team league, the East Coast Hockey League, which began to serve as a second-tier developmental league to the NHL, behind the American Hockey League. With the absorption of the West Coast Hockey League in 2003, the ECHL had affiliates for nearly every NHL team, including for both the Canadiens and Maple Leafs, in a number of different cities. After a short period with only a Toronto affiliate, Montréal’s new club in Trois-Rivières will rejoin the ECHL in 2021-22, and thus will restart the on-and-off rivalry between their affiliate clubs that has been ongoing since 1992.

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# Date Location Winner Score
The Wheeling (West Virginia) Thunderbirds join the ECHL as the Canadiens’ first developmental affiliate.
The Raleigh (North Carolina) Icecaps join the ECHL as the Maple Leafs’ first developmental affiliate.
1992-93 season (Thunderbirds vs. Icecaps)
Thunderbirds win season series 6-0
Montréal leads all-time series 6-0
01. Nov. 15 Raleigh Thunderbirds 4-3 (SO)
02. Nov. 20 Raleigh Thunderbirds 6-5
03. Dec. 15 Raleigh Thunderbirds 8-6
04. Feb. 18 Wheeling Thunderbirds 6-1
05. Feb. 19 Wheeling Thunderbirds 3-2
06. Mar. 4 Wheeling Thunderbirds 8-7
The Maple Leafs move their affiliate in the 1993-94 season to the South Carolina (North Charleston, South Carolina) Stingrays.
1993-94 season (Thunderbirds vs. Stingrays)
season series tied 1-1
Montréal leads all-time series 7-1
07. Feb. 4 Wheeling Thunderbirds 10-6
08. Feb. 13 North Charleston Stingrays 3-1
The Canadiens move their affiliate in the 1997-98 season to the New Orleans (Louisiana) Brass, and again in the 1999-2000 season to the Tallahassee (Florida) Tiger Sharks.
The Maple Leafs do not have an ECHL affiliate for the 1994-95 season, returning in the 1999-2000 season to the Louisiana (Lafayette, Louisiana) IceGators.
1999-2000 season (Tiger Sharks vs. IceGators)
IceGators win season series 1-0
Montréal leads all-time series 7-2

09. Feb. 20 Lafayette IceGators 4-3 (SO)
The Canadiens move their affiliate in the 2001-02 season to the Mississippi (Biloxi, Mississippi) Sea Wolves, and again in the 2002-03 season to the Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths.
The Maple Leafs do not have an ECHL affiliate for the 2000-01 season, returning in the 2002-03 season to the Greensboro (North Carolina) Generals.
2002-03 season (Cottonmouths vs. Generals)
Generals win season series 1-0
Montréal leads all-time series 7-3
10. Nov. 28 Greensboro Generals 2-1
The Canadiens do not have an ECHL affiliate for the 2003-04 season, returning in the 2004-05 season to the Long Beach (California) Ice Dogs.
The Maple Leafs do not have an ECHL affiliate for the 2003-04 season, returning in the 2004-05 season to the Pensacola (Florida) Ice Pilots.
2004-05 season (Ice Dogs vs. Ice Pilots)
season series tied 1-1
Montréal leads all-time series 8-4
11. Jan. 21 Long Beach Ice Dogs 4-1
12. Jan. 23 Long Beach Ice Pilots 3-0
2005-06 season (Ice Dogs vs. Ice Pilots)
no meetings in 2005-06 season
Montréal leads all-time series 8-4
The Canadiens move their affiliate in the 2006-07 season to the Cincinnati (Ohio) Cyclones.
The Maple Leafs move their affiliate in the 2006-07 season to the Columbia (South Carolina) Inferno.
2006-07 season (Cyclones vs. Inferno)
Cyclones win season series 1-0
Montréal leads all-time series 9-4
13. Apr. 3 Columbia Cyclones 3-2
2007-08 season (Cyclones vs. Inferno)
no meetings in 2007-08 season
Montréal leads all-time series 9-4
The Maple Leafs move their affiliate in the 2008-09 season to the Reading (Pennsylvania) Royals.
2008-09 season (Cyclones vs. Royals)
Cyclones win season series 5-4
Montréal leads all-time series 14-8
14. Oct. 31 Reading Cyclones 5-3
15. Nov. 4 Cincinnati Royals 3-2 (SO)
16. Nov. 5 Cincinnati Cyclones 7-3
17. Nov. 16 Reading Royals 5-3
18. Feb. 3 Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 (OT)
19. Feb. 24 Cincinnati Royals 3-1
20. Feb. 25 Cincinnati Cyclones 5-0
21. Mar. 6 Reading Royals 5-2
22. Mar. 7 Reading Cyclones 5-0
2009-10 season (Cyclones vs. Royals)
Cyclones win season series 2-1
Montréal leads all-time series 16-9
23. Dec. 12 Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2
24. Dec. 13 Cincinnati Royals 4-2
25. Jan. 9 Reading Cyclones 4-1
The Canadiens move their affiliate in the 2010-11 season to the Wheeling (West Virginia) Nailers.
2010-11 season (Nailers vs. Royals)
Royals
win season series 10-2
Toronto leads all-time series 19-18
26. Oct. 28 Wheeling Nailers 3-2
27. Oct. 29 Wheeling Royals 3-0
28. Nov. 11 Wheeling Royals 2-1
29. Dec. 19 Wheeling Royals 3-2
30. Jan. 8 Wheeling Royals 4-3 (SO)
31. Feb. 2 Reading Royals 3-1
32. Feb. 11 Johnstown Royals 4-2
33. Feb. 18 Johnstown Royals 1-0 (SO)
34. Feb. 19 Reading Royals 3-1
35. Mar. 5 Reading Royals 7-2
36. Mar. 6 Reading Nailers 2-1
37. Mar. 30 Reading Royals 3-2 (SO)
2011-12 season (Nailers vs. Royals)
Royals
win season series 9-4
Toronto leads all-time series 28-22

38. Dec. 2 Reading Nailers 5-1
39. Dec. 9 Wheeling Royals 4-2
40. Dec. 11 Reading Nailers 4-2
41. Dec. 16 Johnstown Royals 6-3
42. Dec. 17 Reading Royals 6-3
43. Dec. 31 Wheeling Royals 3-2
44. Jan. 25 Reading Nailers 5-0
45. Jan. 27 Wheeling Royals 4-2
46. Feb. 12 Johnstown Nailers 7-5
47. Feb. 18 Reading Royals 4-0
48. Mar. 16 Wheeling Royals 2-1
49. Mar. 17 Reading Royals 4-3 (OT)
50. Mar. 28 Reading Royals 3-0
The Maple Leafs move their affiliate in the 2012-13 season to the Orlando (Florida) Solar Bears.
2012-13 season (Nailers vs. Solar Bears)
Solar Bears win season series 3-0
Toronto leads all-time series 31-22
51. Jan. 17 Orlando Solar Bears 7-2
52. Jan. 19 Orlando Solar Bears 3-2 (OT)
53. Jan. 21 Orlando Solar Bears 2-1 (SO)
2013-14 season (Nailers vs. Solar Bears)
Solar Bears win season series 1-0
Toronto leads all-time series 32-22
54. Apr. 5 Wheeling Solar Bears 3-1
2014-15 season (Nailers vs. Solar Bears)
Solar Bears
win season series 1-0
Toronto leads all-time series 33-22
55. Nov. 14 Wheeling Solar Bears 6-3
The Canadiens move their affiliate in the 2015-16 season to the Brampton (Ontario) Beast.
2015-16 season (Beast vs. Solar Bears)
Solar Bears win season series 3-0
Toronto leads all-time series 36-22
56. Mar. 10 Brampton Solar Bears 3-2
57. Mar. 11 Brampton Solar Bears 6-3
58. Mar. 13 Brampton Solar Bears 3-0
2016-17 season (Beast vs. Solar Bears)
Solar Bears win season series 6-0
Toronto leads all-time series 42-22
59. Nov. 24 Orlando Solar Bears 4-2
60. Nov. 26 Orlando Solar Bears 5-2
61. Nov. 28 Orlando Solar Bears 5-4
62. Mar. 23 Brampton Solar Bears 5-3
63. Mar. 24 Brampton Solar Bears 3-2 (SO)
64. Mar. 26 Brampton Solar Bears 7-2
2017-18 season (Beast vs. Solar Bears)
no meetings in 2017-18 season
Toronto leads all-time series 42-22
The Maple Leafs move their affiliate in the 2018-19 season to the Newfoundland (St. John’s, Newfoundland) Growlers.
The Canadiens do not have an ECHL affiliate from 2018-21, moving their affiliate in the 2021-22 season to the Trois-Rivières (Québec) Lions.
2021-22 season (Lions vs. Growlers)
Toronto leads all-time series 42-22
65. Oct. 21 Trois-Rivières
66. Oct. 22 Trois-Rivières
67. Oct. 26 Trois-Rivières
68. Dec. 10 St. John’s
69. Dec. 11 St. John’s
70. Dec. 12 St. John’s
71. Dec. 29 Trois-Rivières
72. Dec. 30 Trois-Rivières
73. Jan. 7 St. John’s
74. Jan. 8 St. John’s
75. Jan. 9 St. John’s
76. Feb. 25 Trois-Rivières
77. Feb. 26 Trois-Rivières
78. Mar. 9 St. John’s
79. Mar. 11 St. John’s
80. Mar. 12 St. John’s

LIONS vs. GROWLERS, BY THE NUMBERS
Total Games Played:
64
All-Time Record:
Toronto leads 42-22
All-Time Record, Overtime: Toronto leads 2-1
All-Time Record, Shootout: Toronto
leads 7-1
Longest Montréal Undefeated Streak:
7 games (Nov. 15, 1992 – Feb. 4, 1994)
Longest Toronto Undefeated Streak:
18 games (Feb. 18, 2012Mar. 26, 2017)
Largest Montréal Victory:
5-0 (3 times, latest Jan. 25, 2012)
Largest Toronto Victory:
7-2 (3 times, latest Mar. 26, 2017)
Most Goals, Game, Montréal:
10 (Feb. 4, 1994)
Most Goals, Game, Toronto:
7 (3 times, latest Mar. 26, 2017)
Most Goals, Game, Combined:
16 (Feb. 4, 1994)
Least Goals, Game, Combined:
1 (Feb. 18, 2011)

# Date Location Winner Score
1993 Riley Cup Semifinal (Thunderbirds vs. Icecaps)
Thunderbirds win series 4-2
Montréal leads all-time playoff series 4-2

P01. Mar. 27 Raleigh Icecaps 3-2 (OT)
P02. Mar. 30 Raleigh Icecaps 5-2
P03. Mar. 31 Wheeling Thunderbirds 7-4
P04. Apr. 2 Wheeling Thunderbirds 5-4 (OT)
P05. Apr. 4 Wheeling Thunderbirds 5-3
P06. Apr. 6 Raleigh Thunderbirds 3-0
2010 Kelly Cup Conference Final (Cyclones vs. Royals)
Cyclones win series 4-3
Montréal leads all-time playoff series 8-5

P07. Apr. 30 Cincinnati Royals 5-2
P08. May 1 Cincinnati Royals 3-1
P09. May 4 Reading Royals 4-2
P10. May 8 Reading Cyclones 6-4
P11. May 9 Reading Cyclones 5-0
P12. May 11 Cincinnati Cyclones 6-3
P13. May 12 Cincinnati Cyclones 1-0

LIONS vs. GROWLERS (PLAYOFFS), BY THE NUMBERS
Total Games Played:
13
All-Time Record: Montréal
leads 8-5
All-Time Record, Series Wins: Montréal leads 2-0
All-Time Record, Overtime Wins: series tied 1-1
Longest
Montréal Undefeated Streak: 4 games (2 times, latest May 812, 2010)
Longest Toronto Undefeated Streak: 3 games (Apr. 30 – May 4, 2010)
Largest Montréal Victory: 5-0 (May 9, 2010)
Largest
Toronto Victory: 5-2 (2 times, latest Apr. 30, 2010)
Most Goals, Game,
Montréal: 7 (Mar. 31, 1993)
Most Goals, Game, Toronto: 5 (2 times, latest Apr. 30, 2010)
Most
Goals, Game, Combined: 11 (Mar. 31, 1993)
Least Goals
, Game, Combined: 1 (May 12, 2010)