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Weekend Reads Toronto Maple Leafs fire head coach Mike Babcock, promote Sheldon Keefe to role

00:00  21 november  2019
00:00  21 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Mike Babcock's coaching peers praise ex-Maple Leafs bench boss after firing

  Mike Babcock's coaching peers praise ex-Maple Leafs bench boss after firing TORONTO — While his team has performed well early this season despite losing its top player from last year's championship team, Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse acknowledged Wednesday wasn't an easy day. Hours before the Raptors tipped off against the Orlando Magic at Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe. Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment owns both teams and the arena — and the two coaches got to know each other over the years."I've obviously known him for a little while and had some good conversations with him," Nurse said. "It's very tough.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto , Ontario. The team is a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is one of the Original Six teams of the NHL.

(NHL Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Rumors & Talk 2019-20). I'm Nathan, and Today I'm Discussing Mike Babcock , and Why the Maple Leafs should Fire Him, and Make Sheldon Keefe the Next Head Coach .

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TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock replaced him with Sheldon Keefe.

Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 in 2019-20 for the struggling Leafs, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games, including five straight losses in regulation.

Hired as part of Toronto's massive rebuild in the spring of 2015, the 56-year-old Babcock went 173-133-45 in his four-plus seasons with Toronto.

After signing the richest coaching contract in NHL history at US$50 million over eight years, Babcock got Toronto to the playoffs the last three straight seasons, but was unable to advance beyond the first round.

The 39-year-old Keefe, who has a long history with Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, was in his fifth season as head coach of the American Hockey league's Toronto Marlies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Rick Zamperin: New twist from Sheldon Keefe’s new look Toronto Maple Leafs .
Ten days after the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe the club has been playing like an entirely different team. The players seem to be having more fun playing under Keefe and the results speak for themselves. READ MORE: Johnsson leads Maple Leafs to 6-0 win over Red Wings Toronto ended the Babcock era on a miserable six-game losing streak but have strung together three consecutive victories with their new bench boss, outscoring their opposition 14-4 along the way.

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