Maple Leafs Head Coach
Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe has been with the Maple Leafs organization since 2015. He previously served as the head coach of the Marlies until 2019.
The Brampton, Ontario native began his coaching career after a career-ending knee injury in the 2004/05 season with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Canada Central Hockey League(CCHL). He had purchased the Junior A franchise in 2003 before his retirement.
Keefe took up the role of the head coach of the Lumber Kings in 2006. He had previously been assisting the then-head coach and GM Kevin Abrams.
He coached the Lumber Kings for six seasons before he left to become the head coach of the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds partway through the 2012/13 CCHL season. In his tenure with the Lumber Kings, he led the team to five championships with a record of 303 W-96 L-4 T-10 OTL-10 SOL in 423 games coached.
In his three seasons with the Greyhounds Keefe accumulated a record of 234 W-55 L-5 OTL-10 SO in 204 games coached. He was hired by the Maple Leafs in 2015 to lead their AHL affiliates the Toronto Marlies.
During his time with the Marlies, Keefee led the Marlies to their first-ever Calder Cup Championship in 2018. He compiled a regular season record of record of 200 W- 89 L- 22 OTL - 9 SOL in 320 games coached for the Marlies.
After taking up the role of the head coach for the Leafs mid-season in 2019/20 he completed the season with a record of 27-15-5 in 47 games. His current regular season record with the franchise as of yet stands at 176-76-32 in 274 games coached, he has yet to miss the playoffs with the team.
Before the current season began Keefe signed a two-year contract extension with the team. This means Keefe would return as the Toronto Maple Leafs coach at least until 2025 barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Toronto Maple Leafs Coaches history begins with Dick Carroll(1917-19), the first head coach of the tea(Known then as the Toronto Arenas). He was also the first coach to lead the team to their first Stanley Cup Win in 1918.
George O Donoghue(1921-1923) led the team to the 1922 Stanley Cup championship when the team was known as the Toronto St. Patricks. In 1932, Dick Irvin(1931-1940) led the team to their first Stanley Cup championship(the third Cup in franchise history) since their rebranding as the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hap Day(1940-1950) Is the only coach in franchise history to lead them to five Stanley Cup Championships(1942, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1949). Punch Imlach(1958-69) trails behind Day with 4 Stanley Cups(1962, 1963,1964, 1967) won for the team.
Joe Primeau(1950-53) was the coach leading the team for their Stanley Cup-winning run in 1951. Pat Burns(1992-1996) is the only coach to win the Jack Adams(1993) with the franchise, here are all the Toronto Maple Leafs head coaches since 1998.
|Peter Horachek (interim)