|Mike Babcock was named the 30th coach in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 20, 2015. Babcock joined the Leafs after serving as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 10 seasons. |
Under his leadership in Detroit, Babcock posted a 458-223-105 regular season record as he became their franchise leader in games coached (786) and wins. In his time with the Red Wings, the club twice captured the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champion (2005-06 and 2007-08) and made the playoffs in each of his 10 seasons. In 2007-08, Babcock led the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship in just his third season with the team, securing his first NHL title and the 11th in team history. Babcock was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2014.
|In 1993-94, his only season with the Lethbridge Pronghorns of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Babcock guided his team to a national championship winning the CIS University Cup and was named CIS Coach of the Year.|
Babcock, 49, has also represented his native Canada at several international competitions. In 1997, he earned the honor of coaching Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Switzerland. Under his guidance, Canada secured gold with a 2-0 win over the United States in the championship game. In 2004, he led Team Canada to a gold medal at the World Championships in Prague as the Canadians posted a 7-1-1 overall record and defeated Sweden 5-3 in the tournament final. He became the first Canadian coach to serve as bench boss for both the World Junior and World Championship teams. Babcock recently led Canada to a gold mePrior to joining the Red Wings, Babcock spent two seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002-04), where in his first season as head coach he led the Ducks to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. Throughout his tenure as an NHL head coach, Babcock has led his teams to the Stanley Cup Final three times and the Western Conference Finals four times.
Prior to stepping behind the bench in Anaheim, Babcock spent two seasons (2000-02) as head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL). He had moved to Cincinnati following a six-year run at the helm of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (1994-95 through 1999-2000).
In international play, Babcock has also represented Canada at several competitions. Most notably, he became the only coach in hockey history to lead his country to gold in consecutive Olympic appearances after guiding Canada in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi, Russia (2014). In 2004, he led Team Canada to a gold medal at the World Championships. In 1997, he took part in his first international coaching experience at the World Junior Championships as Canada also captured gold. Babcock is the only coach in the ‘Triple Gold Club,’ an exclusive group of individuals who have captured the three most prestigious championships in hockey (a World Championship, an Olympic Gold Medal and a Stanley Cup).
dal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and became the first coach to win all three components of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Triple Gold Club (World Championships, Olympics and Stanley Cup).
Away from the rink, Babcock is involved in several charitable causes. He is a staunch supporter of organizations focused on raising money for pediatric cancer research, including the Jeffrey Thomas Hayden Foundation, an organization created to increase awareness about pediatric brain tumors while providing education and support to affected families. He is also an avid supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, hosting patients at every Red Wings home game and making frequent visits to the hospital throughout the season. Babcock is also active in the Salvation Army’s annual fundraising efforts in Metro Detroit, serving as a bell ringer to support the cause over the last seven holiday seasons.
Mike and his wife, Maureen, reside in Northville, MI., and have three children, Allie, Michael and Taylor.