After what has been a turbulent period for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s, they have finally won their first game after losing six consecutive games. This win comes after the arrival of the new Head Coach Sheldon Keefe. After the first win, the Toronto Maple Leaf’s could be heard hollering in the dressing room. John Tavares, Captain of the Leaf’s, provided Keefe with the winning puck for bringing them a victory after only a few days of being Head Coach. Keefe noted that they have all been accepting and that he couldn’t ask for a better team to start his NHL Coaching Career.
Sheldon Keefe brought the Toronto Maple Leaf’s a victory after being announced as the new head coach only two days prior. They won with three points to one against the Arizona Coyotes. Playing at the Gila River Arena, one of their most memorable wins in history wasn’t even held at the Rogers Centre. Regardless, fans of the Maple Leaf’s have begun expressing their joy over social media for this significant win.
Sheldon Keefe has a long history of coaching professional hockey. His first stint in a professional setting was with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. He coached them for five seasons and brought them a championship title for the Calder Cup in 2018. Sheldon uses his secret recipe for success, which includes pushing his players to become better with offensive players and developing their speed over time. His method made the Marlies one of the best teams in the AML. It appears that tactic has already begun to benefit the Toronto Maple Leaf’s as well.
Sheldon Keefe hasn’t had the chance to coach his players, taking the role only a few days before the next titles match. However, he made sure to hold a meeting with every player and emphasize that his leadership will be considerably more free-flowing. Cleary this put players into a more relaxed state for the game, showing Mike Babcock that his presence as Head Coach won’t be missed. The evidence of his free-flowing system came when Tyson Barrie took an opportunity to score on the net, giving Toronto their first goal of the evening. This marked the first time the team had acquired the first goal of the evening in eleven games. It will be interesting to see if the Toronto Maple Leaf’s can continue their winning streak with Sheldon Keefe at the helm.