Maple Leafs hire 3 assistant coaches to fill out Babcock's staff

BY foxsports • June 16, 2015


The Toronto Maple Leafs have filled out new head coach Mike Babcock's staff.

Jim Hiller, D.J. Smith and Andrew Brewer were hired as assistant coaches Tuesday, the NHL team said.

Hiller and Brewer worked as assistants under Babcock last season with the Detroit Red Wings.

''I'm excited at the opportunity of working again with Mike, and to also add to the value that both D.J. and Andrew bring,'' Hiller said. ''I've been fortunate enough to work with many great organizations - most recently the Red Wings - and am grateful for the chance to now join the Leafs.''

Babcock signed a lucrative long-term deal with the Maple Leafs last month after a 10-year run with the Red Wings.

The 46-year-old Hiller was in charge of Detroit's power-play unit last season while Brewer, 29, coordinated the Red Wings' coaching staff. Smith, 38, spent the past three seasons as head coach of the Oshawa Generals and recently guided the Ontario Hockey League club to a Memorial Cup title.

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