Keefe excelling with Marlies

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keefeHe’s only been with the Soo for 2.5 years, but it was still enough time to show what former Hounds head coach Sheldon Keefe is capable of doing at the next level.

This year, in his first season behind the bench with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, former Hounds bench boss Sheldon Keefe guided the club to a franchise best 54 win and 114 point season, along with leading them all the way to the Eastern Conference final.

That’s almost the same season he had during his final year behind the bench with the Hounds in 2014-2015, where he led the club to a franchise best 110 point season along with tying a team record for most wins in a single season with 54.

The Hounds, captured the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League’s regular season champions for the first time in 30 years , along with finishing as the top team in the Canadian Hockey League, also went all the way to the Western Conference final.

Keefe, who was hired by the Marlies in June of 2015, under the same general manager (Kyle Dubas) who gave him the head coaching position with Soo Greyhounds midway through 2012-2013, also led the Marlies to their first ever regular season title in the club’s 11 year history.

The 35 year old Brampton, Ontario native, who was the winner of both the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League coach of the year in 2014-2015, also moved up to the Marlies at the same time as former Hounds assistant bench boss A.J. MacLean along with conditioning coach Richard Rotenberg.

So with four former Hound Town staff members, including Kyle Dubas, Sheldon Keefe, Richard Rotenberg and A.J. MacLean leading the Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate team to finishing first place in the American Hockey League’s 30 team loop, there are also a couple of former Hound players who have helped make the club successful, including Andrew Campbell and Brett Findlay.

ANDREW CAMPBELL – Toronto Marlies Defenceman

The Caledonia, Ontario native, who captained the Marlies this season, was selected by the Hounds in the 15th round (281st) overall during 2004.

After spending 3 seasons with the Hounds from 2005-2008, scoring 18 goals and 57 points through 162 career games, Campbell was selected as a 20 year old in the 3rd round (74th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2008 National Hockey League draft.

BRETT FINDLAY – Toronto Marlies Forward

The Echo Bay, Ontario native, who spent 3 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2010-2013, splitting time with the Soo Greyhounds and Peterborough Petes, scored 59 goals and 146 points through 193 career games.

Findlay, who was not drafted by an Ontario Hockey League or a National Hockey League team, played one season with the Blind River Beavers in 2009-2010, where he was named the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s most gentlemanly player and rookie of the year.

He then cracked the Soo Greyhounds roster as a free agent in 2010-2011.