On the day Sheldon Keefe ran his very first practice as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a story about his predecessor Mike Babcock overshadowed the on-ice activity.

A report from the Toronto Sun on Monday exposed Babcock brought a rookie into his workplace throughout the 2016-17 season and asked him to note gamers on the group from hardest working to least hard-working.

The rookie required, but was taken aback when his list was shown the colleagues he put at the bottom.

After Monday's practice, Mitch Marner confirmed a more report from The Athletic that he was the rookie in question.

Marner informed TSN that Babcock's approach of instilling work ethic was "unexpected."

" [What occurred with Babcock], that was my very first year, I didn't truly know what to think about it," Marner stated. "But it's all over with now, there's truly absolutely nothing I can say. I'm anticipating the future and the brand-new modification and seeing how I can assist this group win with Sheldon."

Babcock sent out a text messages to Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman saying he asked forgiveness to Marner for the occurrence at the time.

."It was substantial for a first-year person," Marner said."When I heard about [what Babcock did], I didn't really know what

to believe. However I was fortunate sufficient to have that first-year group with me and our team was very well-knit and really tight together. That was a fortunate scenario. It's over with now; it's out of my head." Keefe lastly returns home With the Babcock age over in Toronto, Marner and his current Leafs colleagues are looking forward to turning the page with Keefe behind the bench."

I believe that their minds just weren't

thinking freely and you can see the last couple video games, a couple of those men have actually simply headed out there and are having a good time with the puck and are doing their skills and doing their thing and it's helped our group out a lot,"Marner stated. In the whirlwind 96 hours since taking over for the fired Babcock on Wednesday, the newly-minted Leafs head coach barely had time to process anything besides what was right in front of him. Keefe hurried to sign up with the scuffling team-- losers of six directly at that point-- in Arizona, where he got his very first win behind an NHL bench the following night against the Coyotes. VIEW With the Babcock age over in Toronto, Marner and his present Leafs colleagues are looking forward to turning the page with Keefe behind the bench. At his very first practice in Toronto, Keefe had the entire team go through a 20-minute abilities session on a nearby sheet of ice that consisted of a number of the organization's development staff taking a hands-on method. "We're working on ability, but there's also structure to what we're working on, "stated the 36-year-old Spezza, who played against Keefe in junior. Keefe is also doing his finest to get the Leafs-- a group with Stanley Cup goals-- feeling good about themselves again after falling below the.500 mark and out of the playoff image at the time of Babcock's dismissal." We want to make it a top priority,"Keefe said of working to keep spirits high.