On Friday, I announced that Ron Wilson was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ron was a loyal and dedicated head coach and employee for the last four seasons. On behalf of the entire Maple Leafs organization, I want to thank Ron for his years of service and contributions to our club. We wish him the very best.
Now we must turn the page and focus on the task ahead. Randy Carlyle has been hired as our team’s new head coach. I was Randy’s General Manager in Anaheim. His resume speaks for itself – a former NHL (and Leafs) player, he has a tremendous track record of success as a coach both in the American Hockey League and in the NHL, where he coached the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks to their first Stanley Cup Championship. Randy will be behind the bench for his first game Saturday night in Montreal.
Our team’s performance of late has been disappointing. Most importantly, we are disappointed for our passionate fans. Despite our team’s struggles, we remain optimistic with 18 games left in the season.
Randy, our coaching staff and players remain focused on winning and having a strong finish to the regular season. We are committed to our plan and long-term direction to bring a Stanley Cup Championship to Toronto.
On behalf of our owners, board of directors and the entire organization, I want to thank you for your support and commitment to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brian P. Burke
President and General Manager