Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that Doug Gilmour has been appointed assistant coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
“We are thrilled to have Doug join the coaching staff of the Marlies,” said Fletcher. “Doug has done so much for the Leafs organization and he brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to Greg Gilbert’s staff.”
In his previous role as the Leafs’ Professional Development Advisor for the past two seasons, Gilmour advised Leafs management on players at all levels of the organization. He also contributed to special assignments for the amateur and pro scouting departments. The Leafs announced last month that the former captain will have a banner raised January 31, 2009 to honour his number prior to the team’s home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Gilmour joined the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Calgary Flames as the central figure in the largest swap of players in the history of the league on January 2, 1992. He became a two-way force and a Hart Trophy (most valuable player) candidate while capturing the Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) for the resurgent Maple Leafs in 1992-93. His outstanding achievements with Toronto include establishing the team’s career playoff points (77) and assists (60) records in just 52 games, setting the team’s single season records for points (127) and assists (95) in 1992-93, and collecting a club record six assists in one regular season game.
The native of Kingston, Ontario succeeded Wendel Clark as team captain for three years starting in 1994 and he played in 392 games for Toronto and earned 452 points (131 goals and 321 assists) from 1992 to 1997. He represented the Leafs in the 1993 and 1994 NHL All-Star Games, and his performance also earned him a spot on the team’s ‘Top Twenty-Five Players List’ seven years ago.
He announced his retirement September 8, 2003, six months after rejoining the Leafs at the NHL trade deadline.