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Toronto Maple Leafs, coach Sheldon Keefe agree to 2-year extension

Apr 29, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe speaks to his players in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe speaks to his players in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Sheldon Keefe and the Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep the coach in Toronto through the 2023-24 season.

Contract terms were not announced.

Keefe, 41, will coach the upcoming season on the final year of his existing contract.

The Maple Leafs hired Keefe Nov. 20, 2019, following the firing of Mike Babcock after the team’s 9-10-4 start to the 2019-20 season.

The Maple Leafs are 62-29-12 in his tenure but have been eliminated in the first series of the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of his two seasons.

Toronto won the North Division last season and finished 35-14-7, but the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games in the first round.

The Maple Leafs haven’t advanced past the quarterfinal round of the playoffs since the 2003-04 season and last won the Stanley Cup in 1966-67.

Toronto will host the Canadiens on Oct. 13 to open the regular season.

–Field Level Media