Maple Leafs hire Manny Malhotra as assistant coach

The Maple Leafs have added Manny Malhotra to their coaching staff, hiring the former NHL centre as an assistant.

Malhotra, 40, spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks.

The Leafs had an opening after assistant Paul McFarland left to become head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs.

“I’m now very excited for this opportunity with the Leafs moving forward — to be working (with Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe), his staff and this young, talented team,” the Mississauga-raised Malhotra said in a release.

Malhotra spent 16 seasons playing for seven NHL teams, including the Canucks and the Montreal Canadiens, after being drafted seventh overall by the New York Rangers in 1998.