Toronto FC announced today that Pierre Barrieu has been named the club’s Director of High Performance.

“Pierre brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our club having worked at the highest levels of the game,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “Excited about the positive impact he will have on our team’s overall health, fitness and conditioning.”

Barrieu, the former strength and conditioning coach for the United States Men’s National Team, most recently worked with the LA Galaxy as their director of high performance. Barrieu began his coaching career at the University of Virginia in 1999, holding a dual role as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach with the men’s soccer program. He then joined US Soccer as head fitness coach for the National Team, Olympic team and U-20 team in 2002 and remained until 2007. After one season at New York Red Bulls, Barrieu re-joined the U.S. National Team in 2008 and remained through 2011. During this time with the National Team, Barrieu was part of the staff at three FIFA World Cup’s (2002, 2006, 2010), five Concacaf Gold Cups (2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011), two U-20 World Cups (2003, 2005) and two FIFA Confederations Cup’s (2003, 2009). He then joined the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) Football Association as the head fitness coach for the Men’s National Team then as an assistant coach with the U-19 team. In 2014, Barrieu held the position of director of high performance for English side, Sheffield Wednesday F.C. and later joined Norwegian club, Stabaek Fotball as a senior consultant. From there, he joined French club, Le Havre AC as the director of high performance (2015-16) and then as head fitness coach for Swansea City A.F.C. (2016-17). Following his time in Europe, Barrieu joined the LA Galaxy in 2017.

“I think that joining TFC is a great opportunity. The organization is known to be one of the very best in MLS and I am looking forward to keep building a winning culture, optimizing the performance structure while taking advantage of the wealth of resources MLSE provide,” said Toronto FC Director of High Performance Pierre Barrieu.

In addition to his extensive experience at the club and national team level, Barrieu also serves as a High Performance Expert and instructor with FIFA since 2014. He holds two “A” coaching licences from UEFA (FFF) and the U.S. Soccer Federation.



CALGARY FLAMES (8-9-1 – 17 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (14-3-2 – 30 Points)

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050


ALL-TIME RECORD:63-60-12-5 (140 Games)
ALL-TIME at HOME:36-19-7-3 (65 Games)
LAST 10:6-3-1


GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (66), Jake Muzzin (33), Jason Spezza (29)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (11), John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (7)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (44), Jake Muzzin (16), John Tavares (11)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (19), Jake Muzzin (19)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (33), Joe Thornton (31), Wayne Simmonds (23)


GOALS FOR (Rank):72 (t-1st)46 (18th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       51 (19th)54 (t-21st)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):21/56 [37.5%] (1st)14/69 [20.3%] (16th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):49/61 [80.3%] (14th)47/61 [77.1%] (21st)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):29.3 (t-22nd)29.1 (24th)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.6 (t-9th)30.1 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):760 (9th)748 (11th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):48.3% (24th)51.7% (t-8th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.8% (5th)49.4% (19th)


First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
All-Time Record:63-60-12-5 (140 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:36-19-7-3 (65 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:27-41-5-2 (75 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:Dec. 6, 2017 (Toronto 2, Calgary 1 SO)


GOALS18 (Matthews)
ASSISTS21 (Marner)
POINTS30 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner, Matthews, Rielly)
PIMs22 (Simmonds)
SHOTS75 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%59.8% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %57.8% (Thornton)
TAKEAWAYS17 (Marner)
HITS35 (Hyman)
TOI PER GAME23:35 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:11 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:20 (Holl)


Frederik Andersen– Leads the NHL in wins (11).- Tied for second among NHL goaltenders in saves made (411).- Has a 9-2-2 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 15 career games against Calgary.
Travis Boyd– Averaging 2.95 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:53 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Fourth among Maple Leafs defencemen in points (0-5-5).
Justin Holl– Ranks 31st among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:18) with a shot attempt percentage of 50.2%.- Tied for 22nd among NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:18) with a goals for percentage of 53.8%.- Ranks 14th in the NHL in shorthanded ice time per game (3:20).
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:20).- Has the second-highest on-ice goals for percentage (68.0%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Has two goals and five assists in 11 games on home ice this season.- Ranks seventh among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.8).- Has seven points (3-4-7) in nine games during the month of February.
Mitch Marner– Second among NHLers in assists (21)- Third among NHLers in points (9-21-30).- Second in the NHL in even-strength goals (9).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:40).- Has played 40.6% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (76.4%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards..
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (18).- Fourth among NHLers in points (18-11-29).- Averaging 21:45 in time on ice per game, which is ranked seventh among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.2%).- Ranks third in the NHL in shots on goal (75).- Leads the NHL in scoring during the month of February (12-7-19).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:05).- Has an average of 13.7 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks fourth among NHLers who have played at least 35 minutes of shorthanded ice time (39:27).  – Has started 38.6% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 21st among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:13).- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen and ranks sixth among Maple Leafs in points (1-11-12). – Has started 48.0 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.
William Nylander– Has the eighth highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.88) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.8%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards who have appeared in at least five games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 56.2% at 5-on-5.- Averaging 2.35 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which rank second on the Maple Leafs.   
Morgan Rielly– Leads Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:35).- Tied for second among NHL defencemen in points (2-14-16).- Has five assists in two games against Calgary this season.- Has nine points (1-8-9) in nine games during the month of February.
Jason Spezza– Has the third-highest points per 60 minutes rate (3.03) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Has won 61.5% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is the fourth highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 75 defensive zone draws.
John Tavares– Tied for 10th in the NHL in power play goals (4).- Has the third-highest faceoff win percentage (59.8%) among NHLers who have taken at least 250 faceoffs (276).- Has five goals and four assists in 11 games at home this season.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 60.0% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21.
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters at 57.9%.- Has recorded two goals and five assists through four games since returning from injury on February 15.


Alex KerfootPoints (2-3-5) in four consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerGoals (2), assists (5) and points (2-5-7) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsGoals (7) in four consecutive games, assists (4) in two consecutive games and points (16-8-24) in 13 consecutive games.
Morgan RiellyAssists (4) in two consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaAssists (2) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresPoints (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Joe ThorntonAssists (5) and points (2-5-7) in four consecutive games.


Zach BogosianTwo points from 200 NHL points
Travis BoydFour games from 100 career NHL games
Jake MuzzinTwo games from 600 career NHL games
Joe ThorntonFive assists from 1,100 career NHL assists


Justin Holl100th NHL game (Feb. 20 at MTL)
Auston Matthews300th NHL point (Feb. 8 vs. VAN)
300th NHL game (Feb. 20 at MTL)
Jake Muzzin200th NHL assist (Feb. 17 vs. OTT)
100th game as a Maple Leaf (Feb. 17 vs. OTT)


Jack Campbell (Leg)On injured reserve.
Wayne Simmonds (Wrist)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 44


Feb. 17Acquired forward Alex Galchenyuk from Carolina in exchange for forward Egor Korshkov and defenceman David Warsofsky.


STOCKTON HEAT (0-1-0-0 – 0 Points)





Toronto: S. Pooley (1) (H. Elynuik), K. Agostino (2) PP (T. Liljegren, N. Robertson), T. Gaudet (3) SH (Unassisted), R. Clune (1) (J. McKenna, C. Conrad), T. Kivihalme (1) (Unassisted), J. Brazeau (1) PP (A. Brooks, C. Rosen), H. Elynuik (2) (J. Duszak, T. Gaudet)
Goaltender: A. D’Agostini (27/28)

Stockton: L. Philip (1) PP (M. Pospisil)
Goaltender: D. Wolf (6/11), G. Sparks (15/17)


  • Scott Pooley opened the scoring at 9:04 of the first period. This was Pooley’s first goal of the season. He recorded 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 30 games last season with the Marlies.
  • Kenny Agostino scored the game-winner at 14:20 of the second period. This was Agostino’s 300th career AHL point. Agostino has points in four straight games (2-3-5). He had 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games last season.
  • Tyler Gaudet scored shorthanded and unassisted at 2:11 of the second period and later add the secondary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. This was his sixth career shorthanded goal. Gaudet has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in five games this season.
  • Rich Clune scored at 4:47 of the second period. This was his first goal of the season. Clune registered four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in 16 games with the Marlies last season.
  • Teemu Kivihalme scored unassisted at 8;10 of the second period. This was Kivihalme’s first goal of the season. He has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) this season.
  • Justin Brazeau scored on the power play at 13:20 of second period. This was Brazeau’s first career AHL goal.
  • Hudson Elynuik scored at 2:16 of the third period and earlier added the lone assist to Pooley’s first period goal. Elynuik has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in five games.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Agostino’s first period goal. Liljegren is tied for second amongst defencemen in assists (5).
  • Nick Robertson registered the secondary assist on Agostino’s first period goal. Robertson has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in five games and leads the Marlies in shots on net (17).
  • Jeremy McKenna picked up the primary assist on Clune’s second period goal. This was McKenna’s first career AHL point in his professional debut.
  • Colt Conrad had the secondary assist on Clune’s second period goal.
  • Adam Brooks recorded the primary assist on Brazeau’s second period goal. Brooks has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) with three points (2-1-3) on the power play this season.
  • Calle Rosen collected the secondary assist on Brazeau’s second period goal. This is Rosen’s first assist of the season. He has picked up three goals in the first four games of the season.
  • Joseph Duszak registered the primary assist on Elynuik’s third period goal. Duszak has three assists in five games.
  • Andrew D’Agostini stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced. D’Agostini is now 3-2-0-0 on the season with a ..925 save percentage and a 2.03 goals against average.


  • Toronto scored four goals in the second period for the second time this season. Toronto previously scored four against Manitoba in a 6-2 win on Feb. 16.
  • The Marlies are tied for fourth in most goals scored (19) across the league.
  • Toronto went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 2-for-2 on the power play. Toronto allowed their first goal while on the penalty kill and also scored their first shorthanded goal of the season.
  • Toronto and Stockton were even at 22 shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 3-2-0-0 against Canadian Division opponents and 1-0-0-0 against the Stockton Heat.


  • The Marlies are 1-0-0-0 when leading after the first period and 2-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 1-0-0 when even in shots with their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 1-0-0-0 in Sunday games and are 3-2-0-0 in February.


  • Goals: T. Gaudet, C. Rosen (3)
  • Assists: T. Liljegren (5)
  • Points:  K. Agostino, T. Gaudet, T. Liljegren (5)
  • PPG: A. Brooks (2)
  • Shots: N. Robertson (17)
  • +/-:  T. Gaudet, C. Rosen (+6)
  • PIMS: H. Elynuik (14)



On tonight’s victory:
It was really good to see everyone contributing. It’s the sign of a good win. Points are spread throughout the roster, all four lines are contributing, defence is contributing offensively. I thought the group did a really good job tonight defensively as well. We definitely had to weather a storm early on. We had talked about Stockton being really excited to play a hockey game for the first time in a while. You knew they were going to come with a ton of energy. D’Agostini did a heck of a job again tonight giving us a chance in that first period.

On practicing special teams:
Not a lot [of time to practice]. Especially with what our schedule’s looked like last week and this week, A.J. MacLean has done a phenomenal job coaching them and giving them video and getting them a game plan and giving them a process and a structure and something to stick to and the players have bought into that which has really shown.

On Justin Brazeau:
He had a good game tonight. He’s really gained more confidence with every game. He’s a big body who utilizes that skill and that asset in the games. Our assistant coaches have really been putting in the time to watch video with players and really give them some perspective as to how they can take advantage in this level in this league. Brazeau is one of those players that asks the right questions, he’s always wanting to learn. He has a good sense of himself, as an athlete and as a person. His process so far has been great. He’s been getting better with every game.


February 19:    Recalled defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer from loan to Wichita (ECHL)Signed defenceman Dakota Krebs to an ATO
February 17:    
Signed goaltender Angus Redmond to an AHL contract
February 15:    
Signed goaltender Jeremy Link to an ATO

*All times Eastern Standard Time

February 23 at Stockton – 8:00 p.m.
February 24 at Stockton – 8:00 p.m.
February 26 at Stockton – 4:00 p.m.