The Toronto Maple Leafs are facing a coaching change despite the 2019-20 season being on hold.
On Friday, the club announced that assistant coach Paul McFarland is leaving Sheldon Keefe’s staff to become the next head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs.
However, it is to be noted that McFarland will be able to join the Maple Leafs and ended the current season, if play resumes.
Here is what the Maple Leafs had to say about McFarland and his career with the team:
“Paul has been a great member of our staff and I look forward to continuing our work together through to the conclusion of the 2019-20 season,” said Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe. “Normally this type of move would be done during the off-season, but given that these are far from normal circumstances, we are in full support of Paul’s desire to pursue this position in Kingston and gain more experience as a head coach.”
“I want to thank Kyle, Sheldon, and the entire Maple Leafs organization for their professionalism and support through this process, as well as the opportunity and experience offered to me as part of the hockey club this past season,” said Paul McFarland. “Ultimately, I made this decision for my own development as a head coach and I am honoured and excited about the opportunity to help develop an exciting group of young players in Kingston. I still remain 100 percent committed to the Maple Leafs organization, its staff and the players for the remainder of the 2019-20 NHL season and Stanley Cup playoffs.”