Former Toronto Maple Leaf Reveals What Sheldon Keefe Is Like Behind Closed Doors

Published September 9, 2023 at 1:11 PM

A former Maple Leaf has commented on Sheldon Keefe and his coaching style leaving the crowd devised on whether Keefe's extension was a smart decision.

Engvall's Take on His Relationship with Keefe

Engvall recently shared his thoughts on his former coach, Sheldon Keefe, during an interview on Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek's podcast, "32 Thoughts." Engvall had only positive words for Keefe, emphasizing their strong working relationship.

"I think when Keefe came in, he knew what I could do in the AHL and he believed that I could do it in the NHL, too. After my first game there, I got my goal and I think from then on, I understood, like, what I did in the AHL maybe I can do in the NHL."

"I felt like he believed in me, but he also could tell me I needed to play better. Laughs. We had a pretty good relationship, I think. But he told me when I didn't play well. He was honest about that."


Engvall's insights shed light on why Toronto's management chose to retain Keefe. It appears that Keefe possesses the ability to foster strong relationships with players and provide the necessary support, a quality highly appreciated by the team.

Engvall's Perspective on Playing in Toronto


During the same interview, Engvall also shared his thoughts on the unique challenges of playing in the NHL's biggest market, Toronto.

"Obviously, it can be a challenging market to play in, especially with the media," Engvall told Friedman and Marek about Toronto.

"But I think you can use it to your advantage, too. The media was always good to me and everyone was really kind. I have nothing negative to say about that. You can feel there's more pressure there, I think. You can sense it in the air, somehow.

"I think it was great to play for Toronto. And I believe it really prepares you for what's coming next. I had a wonderful time there and I feel I developed well playing for Toronto."

Engvall's perspective offers valuable insights into the Toronto market, acknowledging the pressures that come with it while highlighting the benefits of playing in such a high-profile environment.

In conclusion, Engvall's remarks about his time in Toronto provide fans with a unique perspective on the extension of Sheldon Keefe's coaching contract.

As seen on The Hockey News - 'He Believed in Me': Engvall Looks Back on Relationship With Maple Leafs Head Coach Sheldon Keefe
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Former Toronto Maple Leaf Reveals What Sheldon Keefe Is Like Behind Closed Doors

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