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Longest tenured NHL head coaches after Sheldon Keefe firing

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After losing again in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired coach Sheldon Keefe, whom they hired on Nov. 20, 2019. At the time of his dismissal, Keefe was the fifth longest-tenured head coach in the NHL. Now that his clock will reset, here’s a list of the longest-tenured coaches still employed in the League.

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10. Paul Maurice – Florida Panthers (June 22, 2022)

Mar 28, 2024; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice looks on from the bench against the New York Islanders during the third period at Amerant Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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9. Peter DeBoer – Dallas Stars (June 21, 2022)

Oct 13, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Dallas Stars head coach Peter DeBoer yells from the bench during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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8. John Tortorella – Philadelphia Flyers (June 17, 2022)

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7. Bruce Cassidy – Vegas Golden Knights (June 14, 2022)

Jun 13, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Florida Panthers in game five of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
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6. Martin St. Louis – Montreal Canadiens (Feb. 9, 2022)

Mar 3, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis on his bench during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Andre Tourigny – Arizona Coyotes/NHL Utah (July 1, 2021)

Jan 19, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny looks on in the second period against the Washington Capitalsat Mullett Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Rod Brind’Amour – Carolina Hurricanes (May 8, 2018)

Feb 12, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind   Amour during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Carolina Hurricanes at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Jared Bednar – Colorado Avalanche (Aug. 25, 2016)

Mar 1, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Mike Sullivan – Pittsburgh Penguins (Dec. 12, 2015)

Apr 5, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan gestures on the bench against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. Colorado won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Jon Cooper – Tampa Bay Lightning (Mar. 25, 2013)

Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in game five to win the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
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