Former Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe reveals why he joined the Devils

Julien Trekker
May 23, 2024  (1:10 PM)

New Jersey Devils head coach Sheldon Keefe in a press conference.
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The former head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs Sheldon Keefe was hired by the New Jersey Devils and he revealed why he joined the team in an official statement.

A few weeks after being let go by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New Jersey Devils finally confirmed that they were pulling him back in the NHL:
"Woke up this morning, got ourselves a coach.

Welcome home, Sheldon."

In a press release, the Devils announced that Sheldon Keefe is now the 22nd head coach in team history:
The New Jersey Devils announced today that the team has hired Sheldon Keefe as its 22nd head coach in team history. The announcement was made by President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

"This was an invigorating process for me, having met with many qualified candidates and hearing how attractive this position was to them. Sheldon jumped to the top of my list when he became available, and I was thrilled when he agreed to be a part of what we are building here. He is an excellent communicator, believes in collaboration, and will take what he has learned previously to make this team a Stanley Cup contender. The organization is incredibly excited to welcome Sheldon, his wife, Jackie, and his two boys, Landon and Wyatt to New Jersey."

Sheldon Keefe also provided official comments, explaining what convinced him to take the job:
"This is an exciting time, and I'm honored to be a member of the Devils' organization. To have the chance to lead this young, dynamic team and to see the potential that can still be unlocked is all very attractive for me. After meeting with David, Josh, Tom, and other members of the organization and in talking with my family, this was an opportunity that I couldn't turn down. I know this organization has a great history of winning and I look forward to getting started to work on leading them back to that level."

Keefe had a good run in Toronto, and his experience will surely go a long way in New Jersey.
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