Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that Doug Gilmour will be leaving the organization to become the head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. Gilmour joined the Toronto Marlies as an assistant coach on August 7, 2008.
““We are obviously going to miss having Doug on the coaching staff of the Marlies,” said Fletcher. “In a very short period, Doug has made invaluable contributions to our players as a member of the Marlies’ coaching staff. We think this is a wonderful opportunity for Doug as he takes on the duties of a head coach for the first time. We wish nothing but the best for him in his return to his hometown.”
In his previous role as the Leafs’ Professional Development Advisor for two seasons prior to joining the Marlies’ coaching staff, 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 will honour their former captain by having a special banner raising ceremony prior to the team’s home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins January 31, 2009.
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.