Toronto Maple Leafs hire Paul MacLean as assistant coach

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TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean as their assistant coach.MacLean led the Senators to a 114-90-35 record and two playoff appearances. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 2013 after being a finalist for Honor in 2012.

MacLean spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He joins recently hired assistant Manny Malhotra on Sheldon Keefe’s coaching staff.

“Adding someone of Paul’s expertise and character to advise and help our staff is something we have found very important as we look to take tangible steps next season,” Keefe said in a statement Friday. .

MacLean, 62, also served twice as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks and was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings from 2005 to 2011, helping them win a Stanley Cup title in 2008.

Born in Grostenquin, France, MacLean has appeared in 719 career NHL games for the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings, registering 324 goals and 349 assists.

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