Thursday, May 05, 2005

Sheddon and staff canned from Baby Leafs coaching staff

TORONTO (CP) -- The St. John's Maple Leafs have fired their coaching staff.  Toronto Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson announced Wednesday the contracts of head coach Doug Shedden and assistants Kevin McClelland and Russ Adam would not be renewed for the club's farm team.  Shedden met with Ferguson on Tuesday and was told his contract would not be renewed when it expired July 1. There had been speculation that McClelland may stay with the club.
"I understand that I wasn't (Ferguson's) guy and if I was in that position I'd probably do the same thing," Shedden told the Toronto Star. "But I thought that as a coaching staff we did a hell of a job with what we had to work with and that we definitely overachieved this year.  "A lot of people were amazed with our record (46-28-1-5)."  Shedden became the club's sixth head coach when he was hired June 24, 2003. Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, he coached the Memphis RiverKings of the CHL, the Flint Generals of the UHL, the Louisiana IceGators of the ECHL, and the CHL's Wichita Thunder.  Former Maple Leafs captain Doug Gilmour and Peter DeBoer, the coach-general manager of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers, are rumoured to be in the running for the vacant head coaching job
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