Leafs hire new goalie coach Rick St. Croix

The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt with former goalie coach Francois Allaire’s messy departure quickly, hiring Rick St. Croix according to Darren Dreger.

St. Croix played in net for the Philadelphia Flyers and Maple Leafs before he began his coaching career.

He served as an assistant for the Winnipeg Jets in the late 1980’s and was the Dallas Stars’ goalie coach when they won their Stanley Cup.

St. Croix most recently served as the goalie coach for the Manitoba Moose. Gary Lawless points out that he worked with Cory Schneider, Eddie Lack and Eddie Pasquale at the AHL level, achieving significant success.

(He also has a delightful Web site for his goalie school.)

His next task is to bring the Maple Leafs’ goalie training up to date.

GM Brian Burke essentially claimed that Allaire’s methods are outdated after the goalie coach pointed his finger at the team’s defense.

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