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Leafs fire Babcock, give coaching reins to Keefe

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  • ESPN News Services

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday amid a 9-10-4 start to the season and announced Sheldon Keefe as his replacement.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan made the announcement.

The Maple Leafs are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the team’s longest losing streak (all regulation losses) since the 2015-16 season, and tied for the longest of the Babcock era

In parts of five seasons under Babcock, the Maple Leafs posted a record of 173-133-45 in 351 regular-season games and an 8-12 record in three postseason appearances.

Babcock ranks fourth among active head coaches — and seventh all-time — with 700 regular-season coaching wins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: ESPN NHL