Sheldon Keefe breaks silence after getting fired from the Leafs

Tyler Ball
May 9, 2024  (12:30)

Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe speaking after being fired by the team.
Photo credit: Screenshot

Today the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they had fired Sheldon Keefe from his position as head coach. Just hours after the announcement, Sheldon Keefe released a video about the move and his time with the Maple Leafs.

It was widely speculated that the Toronto Maple Leafs would part ways with Sheldon Keefe this week. Today the move was officially announced by the team on X.
Sheldon Keefe has been relieved of his role as head coach. The organization will immediately begin the search for a new head coach.
Just moments ago Sheldon Keefe also took to X and made a statement of his own. He spoke about what it was like coaching the team and the honor he felt it was as a boy from nearby Brampton. He thanks Kyle Dubas and several other staff members for the opportunity. He also talked about the passion of the Maple Leafs fans and how the city deserves a Stanley Cup. Finally, he thanked his players for their efforts despite the outcome.
Leafs nation. Time has come to say goodbye. Writing down a note and sending it out didn't seem like enough. And I do plan on taking a little break from media. So here I am. Um. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. It's a dream come true for a boy from Brampton.
I want to thank Kyle Dubas, Lou Lamorello, Brad Treliving, Brandon Pridham, Brendan Shanahan, Larry Tannenbaum and the MLSC board for giving me this opportunity to work with the Marleys and Leafs. I didn't get it done in the playoffs. I didn't help push our team over the line and deliver.
I accept responsibility for that. No excuses. That's the job. I didn't get it done. It's the reality of the business and I accept it. To the players. I appreciate all your efforts, your talents and your work ethic made me look good on a lot of nights. Anyone who suited up for blue and white, I appreciate you.
To the support staff of the Maple Leafs, your tremendous people and your elite at what you do. Players and support staff will drive the team to success. I believe it will win. Beliefs nation. You deserve your Stanley cup. Your passion at, uh, home and on the road is unmatched.
It's an incredible honor to coach the maple Leafs, to try to deliver for you. To the media that, uh, had to deal with you every single day. Sometimes twice a day, three times a day. I appreciate your process.
I respected the fact that you're honest and fair and had a job to do. I hope you appreciated the fact that I helped you do it. I don't know what comes next, but I know I'll be ready for it. In the meantime, I'll enjoy giving my family the time that they deserve.
Love you all and be well. Bye.
Now the search for the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs will begin. As Sheldon Keefe's era ends it did not end on the best of terms. Regardless the Toronto Maple Leafs fans should appreciate the passion and drive that Sheldon Keefe brought to his job every single day even if the results fell short.