The return of Rich Clune is a strong sign the Marlies will continue doing the right things

Admittedly the NHL career of Rich Clune wasn’t one that I particularly paid much attention to. And when Clune landed with the Marlies, I fell into the mindset of “oh another veteran that is supposedly here to help the kids, but really just isn’t ready to walk away from hockey.”
I didn’t take too long for me to realize I was wrong and Rich Clune is the real deal when it comes to supporting his young teammates, and preparing them for a life in pro hockey. The decision to make Clune the captain last year was a sound one and one that speaks to the organization continuing to do things the right way by not only avoiding putting prospects in leadership positions when they should be focusing on developing towards the NHL, but putting the right type of person in as the captain, one who cares about his teammates, one who has a commitment to putting in the work and will push others to do the same, and one who knows the game and is smart enough to transition into a power development or coaching role the second he no longer feels he wishes to wear the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Marlies name Rich Clune ninth captain in franchise history

Rich Clune had some really good news come his way today:

Introducing the ninth captain of your Toronto Marlies, Rich Clune! #ForeverStartsHere
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— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) March 1, 2021

“Rich has been an integral member of our leadership group for the past six seasons,” said Marlies GM, Laurence Gilman in a press release. “From his first day with our organization, Rich’s strong character, positive mindset and unwavering leadership has made him an exceptional member of our team. His influence has touched each and every Marlies graduate and he continues to inspire our young players on and off the ice.”
And even Maple Leafs GM, Kyle Dubas spoke about Clune as a player:

Most deserving distinction for a person whose leadership contributions can be felt daily throughout the entire Leafs Organization. Very well earned & congratulations, @richclune … we are extremely fortunate to have you. https://t.co/qOXcYNXOk1
— Kyle Dubas (@kyledubas) March 1, 2021

Clune becomes the Marlies ninth captain in their franchise’s history. He’s entering his sixth season with Toronto, playing 172 games in that process. The 33-year-old has also played over 600 games at both the AHL and NHL level.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation