Greg Moore replaces Sheldon Keefe behind Marlies bench

Greg Moore replaces Sheldon Keefe behind Marlies bench

The Maple Leafs hired Greg Moore as head coach of the Toronto Marlies, replacing Sheldon Keefe, now coaching the NHL club.

The 35-year-old Moore has spent the last two seasons as head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Chicago Steel. He also served as a guest coach at the Leafs’ development camp and has worked with the U.S. national development program.

Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said the club evaluated all options before deciding on Moore, who compiled a record of 52-25-5 in 82 games behind the bench with Chicago.

“After a detailed review, it was clear to us that Greg Moore was the best fit to become the head coach of the Marlies,” Dubas said in a statement on the hiring of Moore, who had a 52-25-5 record with Chicago. “Greg’s record in development and winning with the U.S.A. Hockey National Team Development Program and the USHL’s Chicago Steel to begin his coaching career made us take great notice of him as a candidate. More importantly, it became clear in speaking with his employers at USA Hockey and the Chicago Steel that Greg was the best fit for our program in terms of development philosophy.”

Moore — from Lisbon, Maine — played 10 NHL games and 377 AHL games after being drafted 143rd overall by the Calgary Flames in 2003. He played four seasons for the University of Maine, capturing a Hockey East title in 2003-04.

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