Mike Babcock has had hundreds of players call him coach in over two decades behind the bench, but as of Nov. 25 they can call him something new.
The Detroit Red Wings coach will receive an honorary doctorate as part of the fall convocation ceremonies at his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal. Babcock will be made a Doctor of Laws.
"No question about it that an honorary degree from McGill was more improbable to me than winning a Stanley Cup," Babcock told the McGill Reporter, which revealed the news Thursday. "When I went to McGill I had no idea of the quality of people I would meet and the quality of institute that I would be attending. And I didn't know it until after I arrived and maybe even until after I left what a great school it was and how it was going to impact my life. So to be honored in this fashion is so humbling and unbelievable."