Keefe played parts of five seasons in pro hockey and played 125 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Mike's commitment and tireless work ethic has put our organization in a better place and we are extremely grateful and appreciative of the foundation he has helped us build here", said Shanahan.
Sheldon Keefe will make his coaching debut against Arizona tomorrow night after an impressive 10-2-2 start to the 2019-20 season with the Toronto Marlies, and hopefully this could be the first of many positive things to come out of the Maple Leafs organization for the remainder of the season. When his contract with Detroit expires after the 2014-2015 season, Toronto hired Babcock with great fanfare.
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Following a successful tenure with the Detroit Red Wings, Babcock never led the Maple Leafs out of the opening round of the playoffs.
Ottawa Senators head coach D.J. Smith, who spent four years as an assistant on Babcock's staff in Toronto, praised Babcock for his professionalism.
The Leafs' form has nosedived in recent weeks, and they've lost their last six games on the spin. Marie, Keefe served as general manager and head coach of the CCHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings, leading them to five consecutive league championships (2007-2011).
"He gave me my chance in the National Hockey League", Smith said Wednesday in Montreal, before the Senators faced the Canadiens.
Keefe led the Marlies to a 199-89-31 record during his time with the club and was twice named the AHL coach of the year.
Babcock, with the addition of younger stars like Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews, brought the Leafs back to the playoffs with his second season behind the bench. Toronto failed to reach the postseason in his first campaign and was eliminated in the first round the past three seasons.
Keefe joined the Marlies after a successful three-year stint as head coach for the Sault Ste.