Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has
again been chosen to guide Canada's Olympic hockey team.
Babcock led Canada to gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and will try to
duplicate the feat next February at the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia.
"I am extremely proud to represent my country and coach Team Canada," said
Babcock on Monday. "To have had the opportunity to share the Olympics with
family, friends and all Canadians in Vancouver was something very special. To
win gold in Canada was a dream come true. In February, we will have a whole
set of new challenges with a new group of players and staff."
Hockey Canada also selected Ken Hitchcock, Lindy Ruff and Claude Julien as
Babcock's assistants. Hitchcock and Ruff were also assistants in Vancouver.
"Canada's coaching staff has a great deal of international and professional
experience for the challenge that awaits us in Sochi," said former Red Wings
great and Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman. "Mike did a great job
setting the foundation for our gold medal win in Vancouver, and I know that
with Ken, Claude and Lindy working with him, our team will be very well
Babcock is the first coach to win triple gold, having won an Olympic title, an
IIHF World Championship gold medal and a Stanley Cup. He guided the Red Wings
to the 2008 Stanley Cup title and an appearance in the Cup finals the
following season, while leading Team Canada to gold at the 2004 Worlds.
Hitchcock, currently the coach of the St. Louis Blues and a Stanley Cup winner
with Dallas in 1999, was also a member of Team Canada's coaching staff at the
2002 and 2006 Olympics.
Ruff, newly named the head coach of the Stars after 15 seasons behind the
bench in Buffalo, was Canada's head coach at the 2008 Worlds, winning a silver
Julien, who guided Boston to the Stanley Cup title in 2011 and an appearance
in the Cup finals this past June, was an assistant for Team Canada at the 2006
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