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Mike Babcock's lucky McGill tie comes through again

Team Canada coach honors alma mater in biggest moments

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Who says there's no ties in hockey?

One of Team Canada coach Mike Babcock's lucky ties made an appearance in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 final and it worked yet again.

Tweet from @McGillAlumni: Eye spy a lucky McGill tie! Mike Babcock, BEd'86 has worn his McGill tie for 2 Olympic gold medal wins & continues tradition for #WCH2016

Babcock has worn a McGill University tie, from his Montreal alma mater (BEd., Phys. Ed, 1986), for some of his biggest career moments, including winning two Olympic Gold Medals.

Team Canada defeated Team Europe 2-1 on Thursday to win the World Cup championship, winning the best-of-3 series, 2-0.

Babcock wore the traditional red tie Thursday. He wore a special edition black McGill tie when he coached Canada to a gold medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and when he received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2013.

Babcock's McGill ties have gained some fame over the years. They've been written about by the university and have their own Facebook page.

He has won so many top medals wearing the ties, it might be time for him to get a gold edition.

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