Red Wings' Babcock Officially Named Canadian Olympic Coach

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was officially announced as the head coach for the 2010 Canadian Olympic men's ice hockey team Thursday.

Reports that Babcock would be given the job surfaced Tuesday but the choice seemed inevitable after Wings' vice president Steve Yzerman was named executive director of the Canadian team.

"To have the opportunity to be an Olympian is something I've thought about lots as a kid growing up, something very special," Babcock said during a press conference in Montreal. "As much as the Stanley Cup is unbelievably exciting, any chance you have to be involved in something for your country, there's a whole new level of special."

Babcock will be joined behind the bench by Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock, and former Minnesota Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire.

Babcock has had success at the international level with Canada, coaching their 1997 World Junior Championship and 2004 World Championship teams to gold medals.

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Posted by klaitinen on 6/23/2009 at 10:06 AM



Seems like the obvious choice, not much of a surprise. I think the players will respect him and play hard for him.

Posted by burke6687 on 6/23/2009 at 11:54 AM


No one should be surprised by this...

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/24/2009 at 11:25 AM


It's been rumored for awhile (actually, it's still only a report, nothing official announced) but it's still a little surprising I think. IIRC, it's been a long time since they went with someone outside the "old guard" of Canadian coaches. This is the most logical choice but logic doesn't always mean much.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/24/2009 at 11:36 AM


i cannot see how Canada is not a lock for gold in Vancouver i mean home ice the talent level as alway's will be outstanding and Hitchcock and LeMaire assisting they may run the table

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/24/2009 at 7:13 PM


Here's how they're not a lock: Sweden. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":evil:" border="0" alt="evil.gif" />

Sure as hell isn't gonna be the US knocking them off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/24/2009 at 8:42 PM


I think team USA is going to surprise a few people in Vancouver. Do I think they will win the gold? Probably not, but I think they are going to be much better contenders this time around.

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/25/2009 at 10:09 AM


I think team USA is going to surprise a few people this time around. Do I think they will win the gold? Probably not, but I think they are going to be much better contenders this time around.

i don't think the US will be pushover's but i just don't see them having the depth of Sweden,Canada,Russia,Czech Republic,Finland to make it to the medal round. They will have some good showing's 2014 they could potentially be there with some of the young up and coming kid's but hey then again the Lake Placid team didn't stand a snow ball's chance in hell and look at how that turned out should be a fun tourney to watch

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/26/2009 at 3:03 AM


I know Stevie has a grand plan for team Canada at the 2010 olympics however, at what point do you determine an overkill behind the bench? Too much talent working that close together can be counterproductive.

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/27/2009 at 2:58 PM


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