The Toronto Maple Leafs introduced at the moment that the hockey membership has signed Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe to a two-year contract extension.“During the last 4 seasons Sheldon has achieved a fantastic job growing our particular person prospects into Maple Leafs whereas additionally guiding the Marlies deep into the playoffs in every of his 4 seasons with the group, together with the Calder Cup in 2018,” mentioned Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs basic supervisor. “Guaranteeing that Sheldon stays tasked with guiding the event of our prospects was essential to our program and the rationale we started the dialogue to increase Sheldon months in the past.”“It’s been a privilege and honor to be a part of the Toronto Maple Leafs group and head coach of the Toronto Marlies for the previous 4 seasons,” mentioned Keefe. “In my conversations with the Leafs over the previous a number of months, I felt that staying on with this membership was the perfect resolution for me, my household and my growth. I’m extremely happy with our latest achievements as a membership and I’m grateful for the chance to proceed to develop younger Maple Leafs.”Keefe, 38, has spent 4 seasons behind the Marlies bench with an total regular-season report of 189-87-20-1, and led the workforce to the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship in 2018. Keefe’s Marlies have registered two of the seven finest single-season data in AHL historical past, going 54-16-5-1 (.750) in 2015-16 and 54-18-2-2 (.737) in 2017-18 and profitable the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy every year because the AHL’s regular-season champions.Previous to becoming a member of the Maple Leafs group, Keefe had spent three seasons as head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, incomes Canadian Hockey League Coach of the 12 months honors in 2014-15.Previous to his tenure within the OHL, the Brampton, Ont., native served as head coach and basic supervisor of the CCHL’s Pembroke Lumber Kings, capturing 5 straight league titles and an RBC Cup nationwide title in 2011.As a participant, Keefe skated in 125 NHL video games and 120 AHL video games after being chosen within the second spherical (47th total) by the Tampa Bay Lightning within the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.