Maurice to coach AHL Marlies

Marlies hire Paul Maurice as new head coach

Former NHL coach Paul Maurice will be behind the bench of the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs' AHL farm team, next season.

Maurice, who led the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup final, succeeds Doug Shedden, whose contract was not renewed at the end of last season.

The Leafs wanted their farm club to have a different look and have an established veteran at the helm during its inaugural season in Toronto after 14 seasons in St. John's, Nfld.

They have found one in Maurice, who was hired by the Hurricanes at the age of 28 and went on to coach 674 games before being fired in 2003.

"Paul brings a great deal of coaching experience to the Marlies and he was our No. 1 choice for the job," Leafs general manager John Ferguson said in a statement.

"We believe that he is going to enhance the development of our American Hockey League players so that they will be ready to contribute when they earn the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League."

Maurice, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has spent the last year as a hockey analyst on television, giving his insight on the lockout.