Leafs fire coach amid slow start to season | Sports

The underperforming Toronto Maple Leafs fired coach Mike Babcock and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe.

Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 this season 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 $50million over eight years, Babcock got Toronto to the playoffs the last three seasons but was unable to advance beyond the first round.

Babcock came to Toronto with an impressive résumé, having won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and back-to-back Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014. He has a career record of 700-418-19 with Toronto, Detroit and Anaheim.

Keefe, 39, has a long history with Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas.


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