Mike Babcock on the keys to efficient coaching

Aaron Wilbur

I’m a husband, father, sports nut, entrepreneur and grateful to call Vancouver home. I enjoy cooking, watching live music and hiking the North Shore mountains with my family. My son is a football player, which has turned me into a big football fan. It’s helped me appreciate what hockey parents go through, especially those who have little experience with the sport, when trying to navigate their child up the hockey ladder.

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He's been an open book on his recent coaching experiences.

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We’ve got a big one for you this week on the Glass and Out Podcast, as we were able to connect with Mike Babcock in person for episode #158.

Babcock of course needs no introduction as one of the most decorated hockey coaches of all-time.

He is the only coach to have the honour of being in the Triple Gold Club, which he’s earned by winning a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, leading Team Canada to the 2004 World Hockey Championship title and capturing gold at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. In total, Babcock has won six distinct national and international championships throughout his career.

More recently, he joined the University of Saskatchewan on a one-year term to assist his alma matter with making the transition to a new head coach. This comes after he was relieved of his duties with the Toronto Maple Leafs in November of 2019, amid controversy. It’s no secret that Mike has faced some criticism from former players for coaching decisions he’s made, something he has been an open book on and has had no problem addressing.

Find out what he’s learned during his time away from the NHL, his keys to creating a winning formula, and how he’s learned to put an emphasis on the mental health of his players and fellow coaches.

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  • Mike Babcock was excellent! My nephew who coaches in Buffalo with the Sabers says Mike is one of the best. Matt Ellis played in Detroit and Buffalo. Young coaches can learn from this podcast.