The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the firing of head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday afternoon.
The decision came the day after the Maple Leafs lost 4-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights to fall to 9-10-4 on the season.
Babcock will be replaced by Sheldon Keefe, who has been the head coach of the Toronto Marlies — the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate — for the last four-and-a-half seasons.
Since coming to Toronto to begin the 2015-16 season, the same campaign Keefe started coaching the Marlies, Babcock’s squads have lost in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs three times and missed the postseason altogether once.
He leaves with a cumulative regular season record of 173-133-45 during his time as the Maple Leafs’ head coach.
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