Devils hire former Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe as next head coach

devils hire former maple leafs coach sheldon keefe as next head coach

Devils hire former Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe as next head coach

The New Jersey Devils have hired Sheldon Keefe as the franchise's next head coach, according to an announcement from the team. Keefe spent the last five seasons as the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach before parting ways earlier this month.

"This is an exciting time, and I'm honored to be a member of the Devils' organization," Keefe said in a statement. "To have the chance to lead this young, dynamic team and to see the potential that can still be unlocked is all very attractive for me. After meeting with David, Josh, Tom, and other members of the organization and in talking with my family, this was an opportunity that I couldn't turn down. I know this organization has a great history of winning and I look forward to getting started to work on leading them back to that level."

Keefe, 43, tallied a 212-97-40 regular-season record as the Maple Leafs head coach and those 212 wins are the fifth-most in franchise history. His points percentage (.665) also ranks first among all head coaches in Maple Leafs history.

The former Maple Leafs head coach became the second-fastest coach to reach the 200-win mark in their NHL career behind only former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma. Toronto qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in all five of Keefe's seasons at the helm.

The 43-year-old also spent time in the NHL as a player. Keefe was selected with the No. 47 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and appeared in 125 career NHL games from 2000 until 2003.

The Devils are coming off of a season in which they racked up a 38-39-5 record (81 points) and finished 10 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

OTHER NEWS

13 minutes ago

‘You do not have a plan’: Anthony Albanese savages Coalition’s nuclear policy

13 minutes ago

Newcastle make enquiry to sign "monster" Almiron upgrade

13 minutes ago

ITV Coronation Street spoilers: New Lauren lead, hospital dash and DNA twist

13 minutes ago

Tottenham prepare swap deal for "outstanding" 25k-p/w midfielder - report

13 minutes ago

Minnesota Dam Breached in Devastating Midwest Flooding

13 minutes ago

Donald Trump’s Net Worth Jumps About $900 Million As Trump Media Shares Surge 27%

16 minutes ago

Plane believed to be carrying Assange lands in Thailand

18 minutes ago

Britney Spears no longer represented by attorney who ended 13 year conservatorship

18 minutes ago

Kate Martin Drops Blunt Take On Unfair Caitlin Clark Expectations

18 minutes ago

What Is The Maximum Length A Par 3 Can Be In Golf?

18 minutes ago

"JULIAN ASSANGE IS FREE", Wikileaks founder leaves UK

18 minutes ago

Om Birla files nomination for Speaker's post, INDIA bloc fields K Suresh

18 minutes ago

Euro 2024: Cesc Fabregas compares England star to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

18 minutes ago

Mamata expresses 'strong reservation' in letter to PM Modi over Teesta talks with Bangladesh

18 minutes ago

ASX 200 stock jumps 10% on strong FY24 results

18 minutes ago

GNU talks hit deadlock but DA willing to compromise deputy presidency

18 minutes ago

Met Office Tuesday Morning Weather Forecast 25/06/2024

18 minutes ago

Arsenal's full confirmed list of transfer ins and outs after summer budget emerges

18 minutes ago

Arsenal Transfer News: Aston Villa close in on Gunners wonderkid target Michael Kayode

18 minutes ago

Vape shop owners brace for the end to their businesses, and an uncertain future

18 minutes ago

Hot weather? No problem! JD Williams' chic summer outfits will keep you cool - here's our top picks with prices from £25

18 minutes ago

Major decision on Jarryd Hayne rape trial as footy legend learns whether his six-year ordeal is over

18 minutes ago

Amazon Prime Day 2024: Everything you need to know about the biggest sale event of the year from when its happening to predicted bestsellers

18 minutes ago

British Broadcasting Chiefs Deliver Impassioned Speeches About Power Of Free TV At Freely Launch

23 minutes ago

BMW details hydrogen plans... if it doesn't pull the plug

23 minutes ago

Google Chrome users targeted in a new scam

23 minutes ago

Dollar subdued near 160 yen level as threat of intervention looms

23 minutes ago

Forgot where you put the keys? Experts (and a trivia buff) share tips to boost memory

23 minutes ago

Tour Down Under wants big name for 25th birthday race

23 minutes ago

Historic Regent Cinemas Ballarat announces closure, effective immediately

23 minutes ago

Rhys Hoskins' grand slam sparks Brewers to 6-3 victory over Rangers

23 minutes ago

‘Starstruck’s Alice Snedden Helming Channel 4 Comedy About Love & The Cost-Of-Living Crisis

23 minutes ago

Frank Murray & Frida Torresblanco’s Hangtime Lands First Production Gig With ‘The Night Manager’ Season 2

23 minutes ago

‘Stuff The British Stole’ Doc Series Adapted As Scripted TV Heist Caper; Wooden Horse, Warner Bros, Anchuli Felicia King & Ben Chessell Attached

23 minutes ago

‘We now ask you to rise up’: open letter to Lindiwe Sisulu, Limpho Hani, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Makaziwe Mandela

23 minutes ago

Astronauts from Boeing's Starliner were supposed to be in space for 8 days. Now they're stuck there with no scheduled return date.

23 minutes ago

Roberto Luongo fires up Panthers fans with drum before Game 7

23 minutes ago

Euro 2024: Kylian Mbappé gifted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask ahead of match vs. Poland

23 minutes ago

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange boards plane at Stansted airport as he begins journey to freedom

23 minutes ago

Elle St. Pierre Wins the Olympic Trials 5,000 Meters—with Her Son Watching from the Stands