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Maple Leafs hire former Senators coach Paul MacLean as assistant

Last Updated Sep 25, 2020 at 7:24 pm EST

MaClean during a press conference as a member of the Ottawa Senators. THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean as an assistant coach.

MacLean led the Senators’ coaching staff from 2011-15, guiding them to a 114-90-35 record and a pair of playoff appearances.

He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2013 after being a finalist for the honour in 2012.

MacLean spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He served two stints as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks (2002-04, 2015-17) and was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings from 2005-11, helping them win a Stanley Cup title in 2008.

MacLean joins recently hired assistant Manny Malhotra on Sheldon Keefe’s coaching staff.

His son, AJ, has been an assistant with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies for five years and previously served alongside Keefe for two seasons with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

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