Leafs hire Jacques Lemaire as special assignment coach

The Maple Leafs announced Friday that the hockey club has hired Jacques Lemaire as a special assignment coach.

Lemaire, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 1984, spent the past six seasons with the New Jersey Devils organization as a head coach (2009-10, 2010-11) and most recently as a special assignment coach.

Lemaire is a two-time winner of the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year and also won an Olympic gold medal in 2010 with Team Canada while serving as an assistant with head coach Mike Babcock, who is now coach of the Leafs.

“Obviously Jacques Lemaire has a wealth of experience. We had a great relationship from the 2010 Olympics and I’ve asked him to join our staff to help me and the rest of our coaches within the entire organization be the best they can be,” Babcock said.