Gilmour in the learning mode

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Doug Gilmour is not exactly sure what he wants to do in a the years to come, but he is broadening his horizons with the Maple Leafs organization.

Gilmour, who played six seasons with the Leafs and was one of the most popular players ever to don the blue and white, still is listed as the Player Development Adviser with the club, but his role will change somewhat this season.

Killer, as Gilmour was known to Leafs fans, will try his hand at coaching this year. Not behind the Leafs or Marlies bench, but helping out with practices occasionally and working on player development.

He then will get the opportunity to dip into the international coaching scene over the Christmas holidays by serving as an assistant coach for Team Canada during the annual Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

"I'm excited about (the Spengler)," he said. "It will be a great experience."

Last season, Gilmour acted mainly in a scouting capacity for the organization, mostly with the Marlies. And while he enjoyed that, he also is excited about his new role.

"(Going behind the Leafs/Marlies bench) is not what I want right now," Gilmour said yesterday, during a break at the Leafs training camp at the Ricoh Coliseum. "They have their coaches here. But I'm going to watch Paul (Maurice) and Gibby (Marlies head coach Greg Gilbert) and take notes and learn from everybody, and just gain some experience.

"They have a job to do, the coaching staff, I'm here to watch, I'm here to listen. I'm not here to be selfish," he added. "I have to slowly come in and talk to people and be around a bit more, be a little bit more on the ice with the guys."

Gilmour said he has a new appreciation for the scouting side of the game, after spending ample time on the road last season, travelling between various cities on the American Hockey League circuit.

"The commitment they have for the game and the time they spend away from the their families, how many games they watch, it's (amazing)," he said. "But it was exciting for me, because it was all new."

On his first scouting trip last season, Gilmour was caught in a brutal snowstorm driving from Burlington, Va., to Montreal.

"It was my first trip and I thought, 'uh oh, it's going to be a long year,' " he said. "But, still, I enjoyed it."


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