The Toronto Maple Leafs fired Mike Babcock on Wednesday and promoted Sheldon Keefe from their AHL franchise to take over head teaching duties.
FILE PHOTO: Oct 21, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock in the course of the submit sport press convention in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scotiabank Area. Columbus defeated Toronto in time beyond regulation. Necessary Credit score: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports activities
Babcock, 56, was in his fifth season the Maple Leafs, posting a 173-133-45 regular-season file and an Eight-12 mark in three postseason appearances. Toronto is 9-10-Four this season and is winless in its previous six video games (Zero-5-1), its longest shedding streak since an Zero-5-1 stretch from Feb. 27-March 7, 2016.
“Over elements of the final 5 seasons, Mike has performed an integral position in altering the route of our franchise,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan stated in a press release.
“Mike’s dedication and tireless work ethic has put our group in a greater place and we’re extraordinarily grateful and appreciative of the inspiration he has helped us construct right here. Right now, we collectively felt that it was greatest to make a change to Sheldon Keefe.”
The Maple Leafs misplaced Four-2 on the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday after holding a player-only assembly. They play on the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night time within the third sport of a six-game street journey.
“We collectively have to drag our approach out of this, in order that entails everybody — that’s myself in administration, our workers, the gamers and training workers alike,” basic supervisor Kyle Dubas informed NHL.com on Tuesday on the basic managers conferences. “We’ve all acquired to seek out our approach via and proceed to research that and the way we are able to all assist one another. …
“I feel I will probably be disenchanted if within the coming days, weeks, we don’t start to indicate a larger resolve and power and fortitude to get again to taking part in the way in which that we’ve proven even earlier this season, and doing that for 60 minutes and doing that for days and months at a time. That’s what we expect our capabilities are.”
Keefe, 39, was 199-89-22-9 in four-plus seasons with Toronto Marlies, who twice gained the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy because the AHL’s prime staff within the common season. Keefe went 38-21 in 4 postseason appearances and led the Marlies to their first Calder Cup championship in 2018.
Keefe was a second-round choose of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999 and performed in 125 video games with the franchise from 2000 to 2003.
The Maple Leafs didn’t make every other modifications to their teaching workers.
Toronto was Babcock’s third cease as a head coach, with earlier stints in Anaheim (2002-04) and Detroit (2005-2015), the place he gained a Stanley Cup in 2008. He has a profession NHL teaching file of 700-418-19-164.
—Area Stage Media