NHL job interview outfit says it’s ‘totally prepared’ for ‘virtual interview’ with potential new head coach
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In an interview with the NHL job-hunting site Indeed, a former assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs said he’s “totally” prepared to meet with a new head coaching candidate for the 2017-18 season.
The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club assistant coach John Wiebe said he spoke with former Maple Leafs assistant coach Mike Babcock, and was “absolutely” willing to meet, if the job went to him.
Babcock has been in the public eye since leaving the Leafs last season, after being fired as head coach of the New York Rangers.
“I would be absolutely honored to be a part of the Maple Leafs coaching staff for this year and next,” Wiebke said in a statement.
“I have had a tremendous career, and I want to give it everything I have.”
Wiebe spent 16 seasons with the Leafs, including his entire coaching career with the team, from 2001-05.
He was also the head coach from 2008-13, winning two Stanley Cups with the Maple Leaf organization.
The former Maple Leaf has played in two All-Star games, three Calder Cup Finals, two Presidents’ Trophies and three Vezina Trophies, all with the franchise.
Wiebes final season in the NHL saw the Leafs go on to win the Stanley Cup.
The NHL job search site Indeed said it was prepared for Wieber’s interview, saying the “apparently a number of candidates” had expressed interest in the job.
“As we know with any new hire, we are taking all the time and efforts we can to find a new coach,” Indeed said in an email to the Associated Press.
“Whether that be via a telephone call, in person or through a live interview, we’re totally prepared to do our part to get you on the job.”
Wiedbe coached the Mapleleaf for 14 seasons, leading the Leafs to a Stanley Cup in 2007.
He was the team’s sixth coach in Toronto, and won three Stanley Cups.
Wiebbe said Babcock has “some ideas that are good,” and added that “he wants to stay in Toronto” for “many more years.”
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