August 19, 2014 2:14 pm

Leiweke denies reports he plans to leave MLSE

Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, speaks to The Empire Club of Canada in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO – Tim Leiweke said Tuesday he isn’t going anywhere.

A statement from Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) shot down reports its president and CEO is moving on.

“Any report stating that I am leaving MLSE is untrue. We are completely focused on the seasons at hand and I am not thinking of anything else but that,” Leiweke said in the statement. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished here over the past year, but we have much more to do.”

The denial comes after reports from sports journalists including Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman, who tweeted Leiweke is looking for “a new challenge.”

Leiweke took the reins of MLSE in April 2013 and oversaw Toronto FC’s signing of several free agents including English striker Jermain Defoe, the Leafs’ hiring of Brendan Shanahan, and the Raptors’ first playoff run in a decade.

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