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Mike Babcock issues statement following firing by Toronto Maple Leafs

first_imgIn the Leafs’ press release announcing the move, Shanahan noted, “Mike’s commitment and tireless work ethic has put our organization in a better place and we are extremely grateful and appreciative of the foundation he has helped us build here.”Babcock’s assistant coaches, Paul McFarland, Dave Hakstol and Andrew Brewer, will all remain with the Maple Leafs.Babcock, who coached the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2008, also told LeBrun, “I really do believe that every general manager should have his own coach.” Dubas will have that now after naming Sheldon Keefe the 31st head coach in franchise history. MORE: How Twitter reacted to the firingAfter the firing, TSN and The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun spoke with Babcock, who released a statement that included this: “I thought we did an amazing job taking a franchise from where it was to where we had 100-point seasons, we set franchise records if I’m not mistaken, got into the playoffs. I’m disappointed, we didn’t have the start to the year we wanted and that’s on me.”He added that he wanted to thank the fans, media and the city. He also gave a shoutout to assistant captain Morgan Rielly, saying, “Morgan Rielly has been here the whole time. I can’t thank him enough.”Babcock ended the statement by wishing the players “nothing but success.”Statement form Mike Babcock (via @PierreVLeBrun): #TSNHockey— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) November 20, 2019While it wasn’t addressed, Babcock not acknowledging general manager Kyle Dubas or team president Brendan Shanahan in the statement suggests a rift between the two factions. Shanahan was with the team when Babcock was hired but Lou Lamoriello, whom Babcock did mention in the statement, was the general manager. Lamoriello is now the New York Islanders’ president of hockey operations and general manager.MORE: Who is Sheldon Keefe? The Toronto Maple Leafs’ brass responded to the team’s disappointing 9-10-4 start to its season by firing coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday. Babcock spent the better part of five seasons manning the ship in Toronto, compiling a 173-133-45 record; he finished fifth on the Leafs’ all-time coaching wins list behind Punch Imlach (370), Pat Quinn (300), Hap Day (259) and Dick Irvin (216).last_img read more

Shreyas Iyer reveals Rohit Sharma pep talk turned the tide of the match in…

first_imgImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsAdvertisement gceNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewaf1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) owrgWould you ever consider trying this?😱axl8bCan your students do this? 🌚67ubRoller skating! Powered by Firework Shreyas Iyer claims that skipper Rohit Sharma’s pep talk changed the course of the game after the visitors threatened to take away the game in Nagpur and the series along with it in the decider.Advertisement Image Courtesy: NDTV SportsThe Delhi Capitals captain scored his maiden T20 fifty after the early loss of the openers courtesy to Shafiul Islam. Iyer struck a vital partnership and was ruthless in his approach, especially with spinners who were punished.During the second innings, despite a good start by the hosts which saw Bangladesh getting reduced for 18-2 in 5 overs, Mohammad Naim looked menacing with his clean hitting.Advertisement Bangladesh owned the initial phase of the middle overs which resulted in a dip on the asking rate with wickets in hand. Iyer revealed that the captain brought all of the players in the circle for a pep talk and reminded the bowlers of the jersey they were playing for. Iyer said:“We were going little lethargic at the start, but once they started going, Rohit recalled all players inside the circle, he gave us a pep talk and after that, all of us got determined to win the match,”Advertisement Read Also:Shefali and Smriti star again as India trounce West Indies in 2nd T20Watch: Yuzvendra Chahal trolls ‘besharam admi’ Deepak Chahar for breaking his bowling record Advertisementlast_img read more