Toronto Maple Leafs hire Paul MacLean as an assistant coach

Ruben Hill
September 28, 2020

The Toronto Maple Leafs hired Paul MacLean as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday.

MacLean spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

MacLean joins head coach Sheldon Keefe's staff in the Ontario capital just a week after former NHLer Manny Malholtra also came on board. He has been an assistant coach in the post-season on 11 occasions and has made three appearances in the Stanley Cup finals (2003, 2008, 2009), winning the Cup in 2008. Columbus ousted the Leafs in last month's opening playoff round.

Paul MacLean smiles as he speaks with the media at a news conference in Ottawa, June 14, 2011.

The relationship to Keefe is through MacLean's son A.J., who has worked with the Leafs head coach as part of his coaching staff going back to his days with the OHL's Soo Greyhounds and move to the pro ranks when he was hired to be the Marlies head coach in 2015.

Paul MacLean coached the Ottawa Senators between 2011 and late 2014 and has almost two decades of National Hockey League coaching experience overall.

Born in Grostenquin, France while his father served on a Royal Canadian Air Force base, MacLean was raised in Antigonish, N.S. He was on Team Canada at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid and as a mid-round pick of the St. Louis Blues out of the QMJHL, scored 36 goals as a rookie after a trade to Winnipeg.

Born in Grostenquin, France while his family were in the Canadian Forces, he was raised in Antigonish, N.S. He played In 719 career National Hockey League games for the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets and Detroit, recording 324 goals and 349 assists.

He transitioned to coaching with various minor leagues in the 1990s, until joining Babcock's first NHL staff in Anaheim.

As head coach of the Ottawa Senators, MacLean went 114-90-35 over four seasons and won the NHL's coach of the year in the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign with a 25-17-6 record.

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