(July 20, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that Keith Acton, Dallas Eakins and Randy Ladouceur have been named assistant coaches.
Acton, 48, will enter his seventh season on the Maple Leafs' coaching staff. He joined the team on August 4, 2000 after he spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. Prior to that he was an assistant/associate coach for four seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. He played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League prior to joining the coaching ranks. Acton appeared in 1,023 NHL games, collecting 226 goals and 358 assists for 584 points with Montreal, Minnesota, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Washington and the New York Islanders. As a member of the 1988 Edmonton Oilers, Acton was part of a club that won the Stanley Cup. The centreman registered his best NHL season in 1981-82 as a member of the Montreal Canadiens notching career-highs in goals (36), assists (52) and points (88).
Eakins, 39, joined the coaching ranks as an assistant coach under Paul Maurice with the 2005-06 Toronto Marlies. He retired as a player from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League in 2004. Originally drafted in the 10th round, 208th overall in the 1985 Entry Draft, he began his professional career with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League in 1988-89. His NHL debut came with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93. Eakins played in 120 games for Winnipeg, Florida, St. Louis, Phoenix, the New York Rangers, Toronto, the New York Islanders and Calgary, collecting nine assists and 208 penalty minutes. With Toronto in 1998-99, he played 18 games notching two assists and 18 minutes in penalties. He played in 1002 professional career games in his hockey career (NHL-120, AHL-609, IHL-273).
Ladouceur, 46, spent eight seasons (1997 to 2004) as a Carolina Hurricanes' assistant coach on Paul Maurice's staff. In addition, he held the role of Director of Player Development and Pro Scout for Carolina from January 2004 to December 2005. Ladouceur was head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals from January 2005 to March 2006. A veteran of 17 NHL seasons, he played 930 games, collecting 30 goals and 126 assists for 156 points and 1,322 penalty minutes. He closed out his playing career with Anaheim, where he served as team captain from 1994 to 1996. In six-plus seasons for the Hartford Whalers he played in 452 games and recorded 55 points. He served as captain of Hartford in 1991-92. Ladouceur began his playing career with Detroit in 1979 and spent six seasons with the Red Wings.