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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (52) / 4/29/1963

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The Red Wings plan to acknowledge Toronto coach Mike Babcock Friday night.
Detroit will host Toronto in its first game of the 2015-16 season. Babcock coached the Wings for 10 seasons and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2008. Babcock and the Maple Leafs lost to Montreal on Wednesday night, but the team worked hard and showed that they are buying into their new coach's game plan. Oct 9 - 8:54 AM

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Mike Babcock thought his players looked tired in their 1-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

"It looked like the coaching staff has skated these guys into the ground," Babcock said. "It looked like you could only get so much blood from a stone. They were honest with their effort, but I don’t think we could move. A year from now (when they’re used to him) they’d be able to handle it." The Leafs were a long-shot to make the postseason anyway, but it's a little odd that they'd be tired after just two weeks of training camp. It does appear as though Babcock is getting them into shape. The team will not hit the ice on Sunday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 27 - 11:38 AM

Coach Mike Babcock has been experimenting with using four forwards on the power play at training camp.

Babcock used a similar set-up to great success in Detroit. He and assistant coach Jim Hiller will look to improve Toronto's 26th overall power play after they turned around the Red Wings last season and helped the team finish with the second-best efficiency rating.
Sep 24 - 10:31 AM

Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said he wants his team to kick Mike Babcock's butt when Detroit takes on Toronto.

"We want to kick his butt," said Ken Holland. "When you work with someone for 10 years and you’re in a business that is really competitive, you create a bond with each other," Holland explained. "We won a Stanley Cup together. We were on a staff with the Canadian Olympic team that won two gold medals together. When you are at the Vancouver Games and you’ve just lost to the U.S. and your preparing to play Germany and you are joining in with Mike and Steve Yzerman and the rest of the staff to find a way to dig in and get the job done ... that’s how you build relationships that last for the rest of your life."
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 20 - 11:41 AM

Mike Babcock knows that whatever he's accomplished in the past doesn't matter anymore.

Babcock will begin a new challenge as the head coach of the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs. "When I took the job with the Leafs, what I did in the past doesn't matter," Babcock said. "It mattered in terms of me getting the job, but now it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is what we do from here on in. I'm responsible. Lou's responsible. [Shanahan is] responsible. Those are the people who are responsible. That's it. Now let's get this thing going in a way we can all be proud of." The Leafs have some good young pieces in their farm system but they are still a few years away from becoming a playoff team year in and year out.
Sep 6 - 6:18 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Jacques Lemaire as a special assignment coach.

Lemaire has been with the New Jersey Devils for the past six seasons as a head coach (2009-10, 2010-11) and most recently as a special assignment coach. He has been reunited with GM Lou Lou Lamoriello in Toronto. "Obviously Jacques Lemaire has a wealth of experience. We had a great relationship from the 2010 Olympics and I've asked him to join our staff to help me and the rest of our coaches within the entire organization be the best they can be," said Leafs head coach Mike Babcock.
Aug 14 - 10:27 AM

Steve Briere has been brought on to serve as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new bench boss.

Briere is the head instructor as well as owner of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools. He's also served as the goalie coach for junior teams and is a former goalie that served in the NCAA, minors, and Europe. In addition, Toronto named Ari Vuori as the Director of European Scouting.
Jul 20 - 12:08 PM

Mike Babcock is set on changing the Toronto Maple Leafs for the better.

The Leafs paid a high price to sign Babcock, but one thing is for sure, there won't be the same amount of drama surrounding the team this year. "Anything (negative) that’s been going on, it’s going to be cleaned up," Babcock said. "I told them straightforward, the No. 1 characteristic of being a Leaf is a good person, period. You don’t fit that, you’re not going to be here.We’re going to look after each other and make this a safe place to play and to play hard. You can count on that. Right now, we’re not going to be the most talented group and I have no problem with that. But we’re going to walk with our heads held high. We’ll train that way, practise that way, eat that way, sleep that way. We’re going to be Maple Leafs."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 28 - 12:02 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs might not appoint a new general manager this summer.

In the meantime team president Brendan Shanahan will continue to work with assistant general manager Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter to run the team. It's possible that either Hunter or Dubas will end up getting the job. Shanahan might also simply officially assume the GM role at some point.
Jun 23 - 6:01 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Jim Hiller, D.J. Smith and Andrew Brewer as Mike Babcock's assistant coaches for the 2014-15 campaign.

Hiller is coming to Toronto from Detroit after spending the 2014-15 campaign working with Babcock. He was in charge of the Red Wings' powerplay, which had a 23.8% success rate last season. Smith is joining Toronto after leading the OHL's Oshawa Generals to the Memorial Cup. Finally Brewer, 29, is another member of Detroit's 2014-15 staff that's making the journey to Toronto. Matthew J. Herring has also been selected as the team's head strength and conditioning coach..
Jun 16 - 4:59 PM

Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Maple Leafs have offered D.J. Smith an assistant coaching job.

Smith led the Oshawa Generals to the Memorial Cup in May. "It makes sense because he just won, he's a good coach, he's ready to move on and it would keep in line with the Leafs' hiring practices of late," an unnamed source told The Toronto Sun.
Jun 15 - 6:46 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs won't send their 2015 third round pick to Detroit as part of the Mike Babcock signing.

Toronto agreed to give Detroit a third-round pick for Babcock, but they have three years to do so. It's not surprising that the Maple Leafs postponed given that this is a deep draft and the Maple Leafs' poor 2014-15 performance means that they'll have the fourth best pick in the third round.
Jun 9 - 11:52 AM

Scott Pellerin has been named as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new Director of Player Development.

This is the latest in a sweeping series of changes Toronto has made on the front office and coaching levels since the season ended. This one has a bit of a different tone to it though as the old director, Steve Staios, wasn't fired. Instead, he's leaving to become the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs' team president. "We are truly thankful to Steve Staios for the valuable role he has played within the Leafs organization," said Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas. "We are also excited for Steve as the Bulldogs set roots in his native Hamilton – he will serve that club and community incredibly well. We are equally excited to see the progression of Scott Pellerin into his new role in player development. He has been a great addition since coming on board and his influence will only become greater with our young players."
Jun 5 - 11:54 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Dr. Jeremy Bettle to serve as their Director of Sports Science and Performance.

Bettle had been working for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets as their strength and conditioning coach and director of nutrition. The Leafs recently fired strength coach Anthony Belza as part of their front office and coaching shakeup.
Jun 2 - 11:15 AM

Jim Hiller will move with Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hiller served as an assistant coach under Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings in 2014-15 and was credited with turning around Detroit's power play. The Red Wings went from converting on 17.7% of their opportunities with the man advantage in 2013-14 to 23.8% this season. Toronto meanwhile finished near the bottom of the league in 2014-15 with a 15.9% power-play success rate.
May 22 - 6:34 PM

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