Dallas Eakins has signed a three-year contract extension to remain head coach of the AHL Toronto Marlies, Leafs general manager Brian Burke announced on Monday. Eakins has coached the team since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

“Dallas is a wonderful teacher for our players in the American Hockey League,” said Burke in a statement. “He has a great understanding of the game and what it takes to be a successful professional player, both on and off the ice. He’s a huge contributor to our overall hockey organization and we are pleased to have Dallas and the entire coaching staff under contract.”

Assistant coaches Derek King and Gord Dineen have also signed extensions.

Under Eakins guidance, the Marlies have reached the Calder Cup Final for the first time in team history, and have become the first Leafs affiliate to reach the AHL final series since 1992 (St. John’s).

The series resumes in Toronto on Thursday with the Marlies trailing two games to none.

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