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Toronto Maple Leafs to hire Manny Malhotra as assistant coach

Pro Hockey Rumors logo Pro Hockey Rumors 9/17/2020 Gavin Lee, Pro Hockey Rumors
a train on the tracks at night: The Maple Leafs have hired Manny Malhotra as an assistant coach. © John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Maple Leafs have hired Manny Malhotra as an assistant coach.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost an assistant coach earlier this year when Paul McFarland decided to return to the OHL and take a job running the Kingston Frontenacs, but have found his replacement. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that the Maple Leafs are set to hire Manny Malhotra, who is currently working with the Vancouver Canucks.

Malhotra, a veteran of more than 1,000 NHL games, is still relatively new to the coaching world having just retired from playing in 2016. The 40-year-old scored just 295 points in the NHL but was a hard-nosed checking center that was always among the leaders in faceoff percentage. He received votes for the Selke Trophy on many occasions, even finishing fifth in 2011.

He was hired by the Canucks in 2017 as a development coach, meaning his move to Toronto will actually be a step up and takes him a little closer to being an NHL head coach. It comes with the added benefit of a homecoming, given Malhotra is from Mississauga, just outside of Toronto.

David Singh of Sportsnet did a long feature on Malhotra earlier this summer, noting that “several people within the industry peg him as a rising star in the coaching ranks” but that he would also need some time behind the bench as an assistant at some point. That time appears to be now with the Maple Leafs.

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