TORONTO — Mike Babcock took over as Toronto head coach Thursday, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada’s team and they need to be put back on the map.
The 52-year-old Babcock becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs’ history.
Babcock says he is thrilled and excited to take the Toronto job.
He cautioned the journey will be a long one, but promised it will be a lot of fun.
The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a 30-44-8 Leafs team that finished 27th in the league this season.
The Canadian Press