Mike Babcock's success with the Detroit Red Wings has ensured he won't be giving up his position behind their bench anytime soon.
The team announced Tuesday that Babcock has been given a four-year contract extension that takes him through the 2014-15 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In his sixth season with the Red Wings, the 47-year-old Babcock has a regular-season record of 259-101-52 and led the team to consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2008 and 2009, with Detroit defeating Pittsburgh in 2008 for its fourth championship in 11 years.
Babcock is also the first coach in NHL history to guide his team to four consecutive 50-win seasons in his first four seasons with a team, leading the Wings to 58 victories in 2005-06, 50 in 2006-07, 54 in 2007-08 and 51 in 2008-09. Under his watch, they have twice captured the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champion (2006, 2008).
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He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2008 and was named the NHL's coach of the decade (2000-09) by both the Sporting News and SportsIllustrated.com. Last season, he guided the Wings to their 10th consecutive 100-point season, an NHL record, and their fifth consecutive 100-point season under his watch. His overall record through seven seasons as an NHL coach is 326-163-85.
Babcock's NHL postseason success is equally impressive. He holds a 48-33 playoff record through five postseasons with Detroit. Babcock's teams have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final three times and the conference finals four times. His overall postseason record through seven NHL seasons is 63-39. Since his first year as an NHL head coach with Anaheim in 2002-03, he has coached in more postseason games (102) and has more postseason wins (63) than any other NHL head coach. He also holds the second-highest winning percentage (.618) during that span.
Babcock has also represented his native Canada at several international competitions. He helped Team Canada secure gold at the 1997 World Junior Championships, the 2004 World Championships and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver last February. He became first coach to win all three components of the Triple Gold Club (Stanley Cup, Olympics and World Championships).