TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club announced today that Head Coach Mike “Babe” Babcock has accepted a voluntary leave of absence from the team.
The news comes just two days after Babcock was suspended indefinitely by the NHL and fined $10,000 for his role in the 2015 hit on teammate Dion Phaneuf.
The hit was one of the most high-profile incidents in Maple Leafs history.
After his suspension, Babcock returned to coaching with the Toronto Marlies of the Ontario Hockey League.
The Maple Leafs announced today Babcock’s leave of absences today.
“Babcock’s continued participation with the Leafs will not affect his duties as Head Coach of the Marlies,” Maple Leafs President and CEO Joe Sakic said.
“We thank Mike for his contribution to the Maple Leafs organization.”
The Maple Leaf players, coaches and staff were informed of Babcock-led leave of no return.
“Mike’s long-standing support for the Leafs and his continued leadership will continue as we move forward,” Maple Leaf General Manager Dave Nonis said.