Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Paul McFarland will move on from the club following the 2019-20 season to become head coach of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, the junior club announced Friday.
The Kingston Frontenacs are proud to announce the return of Paul McFarland as Head Coach. The Toronto native, coached the Frontenacs to the franchise’s best record in 2015-16.
— Kingston Frontenacs (@KingstonFronts) May 8, 2020
McFarland spent one season with the Maple Leafs after a pair of seasons serving as assistant coach for the Florida Panthers. Prior to that, he held the post of Frontenacs head coach for three seasons — a post to which he’ll soon return.
“Paul is a very key piece of our ultimate goal of winning a championship, especially in how he brings a passion and commitment that will no doubt be infectious to our players,” said Frontenacs GM Darren Keily via a team release.
“His record when he was here speaks to how strong his commitment is to the game, our team, and our players. Our ownership and our management have a great deal of respect for Paul, we’re very aligned on how the game is played and we’re excited to implement that structure into our program.”
McFarland guided the Frontenacs to the franchise’s best record in 2015-16, his second as head coach for the club, and led the team to the second round of the OHL playoffs in two of his three seasons behind the bench.
The Toronto native ran the power play during his time with the Maple Leafs.
“We greatly appreciate the support of Kyle Dubas and the entire Toronto Maple Leafs organization for their cooperation through this process,” said Keily.