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Sheldon Keefe named head coach of the Toronto Marlies

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Sheldon Keefe has been named head coach of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.

Keefe won both the 2014-15 Canadian Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League coach of the year awards after leading the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to a league-best 54-12-0-2 record.

“We would like to thank the Soo Greyhounds ownership group and General Manager Kyle Raftis for giving us permission to approach Sheldon a few weeks ago,” said Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Kyle Dubas in a statement. “As we went through this process, given our goal of finding an elite young coach to develop our prospects with the Marlies, it was clear to our management group that Sheldon Keefe was the best choice for our organization. For nearly a decade – since he arrived in Pembroke and through his time in Sault Ste. Marie – Sheldon has simply excelled at maximizing each players potential while coaching very successful teams at the same time. That balance is exactly what we set out to find for the Marlies.

“We feel we have a solid group of young prospects with the Marlies and we look forward to Sheldon leading them beginning with our Development Camp in early July.”

Dubas hired Keefe to coach the Greyhounds when he was named the team’s GM in 2012.

The 34-year-old takes over as Marlies’ bench boss after Gord Dineen was removed last month. Dineen was offered an opportunity to remain with the club in a different role – there is no word on whether he’s accepted the re-assignment.

Dineen’s assistants Derek King and Ben Simon were also fired on May 19.

According to Frank Seravalli of the Daily News, Toronto interviewed Kris Knoblauch, who coached Connor McDavid and the OHL’s Erie Otters, for the Marlies’ position.

During his playing days Keefe appeared in 125 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning scoring 12 goals and 24 points.

Canes sign Tyler Ganly to a three-year entry-level contract

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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tyler Ganly to a three-year entry-level contract the cub announced on Monday.

The deal will pay Ganly $575,000 in 2015-16 and 2016-17 at the NHL level, and $650,000 in 2017-18. The contract also includes a $120,000 signing bonus and will pay him $60,000 per year at the American Hockey League level.

“Tyler had a good season despite missing significant time due to injury,” said Canes’ GM Ron Francis. “He was especially good in the playoffs and was a big part of his team making the OHL’s Western Conference finals.”

The 20-year-old had two goals and 14 assists to go along with a plus-15 rating in 38 OHL games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound blue liner added two goals and seven assists in 14 playoff games.

Ganly was Carolina’s sixth-round selection (156th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft.

PHT Morning Skate: McDavid scores natural hat trick in OHL playoffs

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Connor McDavid did his part to help the Erie Otters win Game 1 of their series with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Thursday night. The top prospect scored three straight power play goals in a 3:22 span to tie the game at 3-3 in the third. However, the Greyhounds responded with three straight to take Game 1 6-3.

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A Montreal Canadiens fan has created a goal celebration light show in his living room programmed to play each time the Habs score a goal. (Puck Daddy)

The Washington Capitals took a 3-2 series lead in their best-of-seven with the New York Islanders with a 5-1 win on Thursday night. Perhaps the Islanders weren’t in the right frame of mind to start the game? The team was delayed getting to the Verizon Center because of traffic caused by President Obama’s motorcade. (CSN)

Here’s a look inside the Caps room following the win:

Actress/model Kate Upton is currently in Vancouver to shoot the movie “The Layover” directed by William H. Macy. The pair were at Rogers Arena taking in Game 5 between the Flames and Canucks on Thursday night.