Greg Moore has left his post as head coach of the USHL’s Chicago Steel for the same job with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, on Sunday. The Steel promoted associated head coach Brock Sheahan to head coach.
Moore replaces Sheldon Keefe, who was promoted to the NHL on Nov. 20 when Toronto fired Mike Babcock.
The 35-year-old Moore guided the Steel to a 52-25-5 record in 82 games behind the bench, including a trip to the 2019 Clark Cup Final with Blackhawks prospect Josiah Slavin. Moore led the Steel to a USHL-best 15-4-1 record this season.
“I want to thank the Steel family for the positive experience through my time in Chicago,” Moore said in a statement. “The genuine care and love for working together that the players and staff have demonstrated has been something special to be a part of. I’m very thankful for the players, staff and management and the support they have given to me during my time here.
“With the strength of the staff and management, I have all the confidence in the world for the continued success of the Steel this season and that the growth and development of the players will continue.”
Prior to joining the Steel, Moore was an assistant coach with the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He played four seasons at the University of Maine with two Frozen Four appearances, including a berth in the 2004 national championship game. He played in 10 NHL games and 377 AHL games after being a fifth-round pick by the Flames in the 2003 NHL draft.
“The Marlies are getting a world-class coach with a brilliant hockey mind and impeccable character,” Steel general manager Ryan Hardy said. “What he and his staff built here has, and will continue to have, a ripple effect on player development across the global hockey landscape.”
Sheahan primarily worked with the Steel’s defensemen, including Michigan commit Owen Power who is projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2021 NHL draft. He spent four seasons at the College of the Holy Cross after one season as a volunteer coach for Notre Dame, his alma mater. He was a 2008 NCAA runner-up with the Fightning Irish before winning the ECHL’s Kelly Cup with the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2011.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this team and continue what we’ve built over the last year and a half,” Sheahan said. “I’m excited to be a head coach for the first time in my career with a special group of players and amazing staff members. I couldn’t think of a better place to start my head coaching career.”