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.