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Babcock new head coach for Team Canada

Thursday, 06.25.2009 / 11:01 AM / News

Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) -Team Canada is officially in Mike Babcock's hands.

He was introduced Thursday as the hockey coach of the men's 2010 Olympic team, heading up a staff that includes Ken Hitchcock, Lindy Ruff and Jacques Lemaire.

Babcock has been one of the NHL's most successful coaches in recent years. He helped the Detroit Red Wings to back-to-back Stanley Cup finals - winning in 2008 - and posted at least 50 wins in four consecutive seasons.

Canada is coming off its worst showing at the games, finishing seventh at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Hitchcock is the lone holdover from that coaching staff. He was also an assistant on the 2002 team that won gold in Salt Lake City.

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