Maple Leafs introduce big-money head coach as Babcock-mania sweeps Toronto

TORONTO — Mike Babcock took over as Toronto head coach Thursday, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada’s team and they need to be put back on the map.

The 52-year-old Babcock becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs’ history.


Babcock says he is thrilled and excited to take the Toronto job.

He cautioned the journey will be a long one, but promised it will be a lot of fun.

The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a 30-44-8 Leafs team that finished 27th in the league this season.

The Canadian Press