Mike Babcock

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Mike Babcock
Babcock in 2013
Born (1963-04-29) April 29, 1963 (age 60)
Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada
Coached for Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
Coaching career 1991–2023

Mike Babcock (born April 29, 1963) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former player. He spent parts of eighteen seasons as a professional and head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL). He began as head coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, whom he led to the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. In 2005, Babcock signed with the Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 2008, and helping them to the Stanley Cup playoffs every year during his tenure, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history. In 2015, he left Detroit to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs, a position he held until he was fired in 2019. In 2023, he attempted a return to the NHL as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets; however, he resigned before the beginning of the 2023–24 season, without coaching a game, amidst investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Babcock was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario, and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.[1] As of November 2023, he is the only coach to gain entry to the Triple Gold Club (Stanley Cup title, IIHF World Championship title, and Olympic gold medal in men's ice hockey). He guided the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2008; he led Team Canada to gold at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in 2004; and he led Team Canada to gold at both the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Babcock is the only coach to win six distinct national or international titles. In addition to the three distinct titles described above, he guided Canada to gold at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, to gold at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 1997, and the University of Lethbridge to the CIS University Cup in 1994. During his first coaching tenure from 1991 to 2019, Babcock's teams missed the post-season only four times.

Education and playing career[edit]

Mike Babcock playing in the United Kingdom in 1987 as a player-coach for Whitley Warriors.

Babcock played for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 1980–81, and spent a season with the WHL Kelowna Wings in 1982–83. In between, he played a year under Dave King at the University of Saskatchewan, and after Kelowna he transferred to McGill University to play for coach Ken Tyler. In September 1985, Babcock also attended the Vancouver Canucks NHL training camp, and played one exhibition game with the team.[2]

Babcock graduated from McGill in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, and also did some post-graduate work in sports psychology. In 146 career games with the Redmen, he tallied 22 goals and 85 assists for a total of 107 points and 301 penalty minutes, graduating as the second-highest scoring defenceman in McGill history. Over four seasons from 1983–84 to 1986–87, he was a two-time all-star defenceman, served as captain, and also won the Bobby Bell trophy as team MVP.[3] While at McGill, Babcock joined the Tau Alpha chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

On November 25, 2013, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by McGill University.[4] On June 2, 2016, Babcock was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of Saskatchewan.[5]


After his time at McGill, Babcock moved to the United Kingdom in 1987 as a player-coach for Whitley Warriors. The team missed out on the league title by two points. In 49 games, he contributed 45 goals and 127 assists, and accumulated 123 penalty minutes.

Coaching career[edit]

Babcock is one of four McGill University players to coach an NHL team, joining Lester Patrick with the New York Rangers, George Burnett with the Edmonton Oilers, and Guy Boucher with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. In 2008, Babcock became the second McGill hockey player to coach a Stanley Cup winner after Patrick.

Babcock has had a distinguished coaching career, coaching continuously from 1987 to 2019, including from 2002 to 2019 in the NHL. When he was fired by the Maple Leafs in 2019, he had amassed an NHL coaching record of 700-418-164-19, with his 700 wins currently placing him 12th all-time in coaching wins, as of 2023.[6]

College, juniors, and minors (1988–2002)[edit]

Red Deer College[edit]

In 1988, Babcock was appointed head coach at Red Deer College in Alberta. He spent three seasons at the school, winning the provincial collegiate championship and earning coach-of-the-year honours in 1989.

Moose Jaw (WHL)[edit]

Babcock moved to the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 1991, where he guided the Moose Jaw Warriors for a two-year term. Babcock was fired by the team in 1993 after missing the playoffs and nearly left coaching when he accepted a job in business consulting; however, he was then offered the head coaching position at the University of Lethbridge, and decided to accept.[7]

University of Lethbridge (CIS)[edit]

Babcock coached the struggling Lethbridge Pronghorns and helped turn the program around. He earned Canada West coach-of-the-year honours in 1993–94 after guiding Lethbridge to their first-ever appearance in post-season play with a 34–11–3 overall mark and a national CIS Cup title after defeating the Guelph Gryphons 5–2 in the championship final.

Spokane (WHL)[edit]

In 1994, Babcock was appointed head coach of the WHL's Spokane Chiefs, with whom he posted a regular-season record of 224–172–29 over six seasons for a .564 winning percentage. He was twice named as the West Division coach of the year, in 1995–1996 and 1999–2000. The team advanced to the final round of the playoffs in 1995–96, a series they lost 4–1 to the Brandon Wheat Kings. The team also participated in the 1998 Memorial Cup by virtue of hosting the tournament; Spokane lost in the semi-final against the Guelph Storm, 2–1 in overtime.

Cincinnati (AHL)[edit]

From 2000–01 to 2001–02, Babcock guided the American Hockey League's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 74–59–20–7 record, including a franchise-high 41 wins and 95 points. The team qualified for the playoffs both years.

NHL (2002–2019)[edit]

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim[edit]

Babcock was named head coach of the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on May 22, 2002, and through two seasons, guided them to a combined 69–62–19–14 regular season record. In the Stanley Cup playoffs with the Ducks, he posted a 15–6 record, leading the Mighty Ducks to the team's first Stanley Cup Finals in 2003, where they lost in seven games to the New Jersey Devils.

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Babcock declined an offer to remain with the Ducks, and on July 15, 2005, was named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. In his first three seasons, Babcock led the Red Wings to a combined 162–56–28 regular season record and a 28–18 playoff record. The team won the Presidents' Trophy with the league's best record in 2005–06 and 2007–08. In the 2006 playoffs, the heavily favored Red Wings were upset in the first round by the Edmonton Oilers. The following season, Babcock and the Red Wings were eliminated by his former club, the Anaheim Ducks, in the Western Conference Finals of the 2007 playoffs; the Ducks went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Babcock as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings during the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Babcock earned his 200th NHL career win the following season in Detroit's 5–2 victory over the Florida Panthers on December 15, 2007. Babcock was selected to coach the Western Conference at the 2008 All-Star Game. The Red Wings entered the 2008 playoffs as favorites, and dispatched the Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, and Dallas Stars en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. On June 4, 2008, he led the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship, the team's fourth since 1997, by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of the Finals.

Babcock was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award after the season, awarded to the coach who best contributes to his team's success, but ultimately finished third behind Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Guy Carbonneau of the Montreal Canadiens.[8] In June 2008, Babcock signed a three-year contract extension with the Red Wings.

In the 2008–09 season, the Red Wings finished second in the Western Conference and again made the Stanley Cup Finals, where they faced a re-match against the Penguins. Although the Wings had home ice advantage and held a 3–2 series lead after a 5–0 victory at home in game five, the Penguins came back to avenge their loss and defeated Detroit in seven games. With the loss in game seven, Babcock became the first head coach to lose a Stanley Cup Finals series in game seven with two different teams.[9]

In October 2010, Babcock signed a four-year extension with the Red Wings that saw him through to the end of the 2014–15 season.[10]

In the 2011 playoffs, Babcock's Red Wings fell behind the San Jose Sharks three games to none in the second round, but won three-straight to force a seventh game, which the Wings lost 3–2.

On April 8, 2014, Babcock earned his 414th career win as head coach of the Red Wings, surpassing Jack Adams for most wins as coach in team history.[11] Babcock was announced as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the 2013–14 season, his second nomination, but finished second in voting behind Patrick Roy of the Avalanche.[12] On December 6, 2014, Babcock earned his 500th career win as a head coach, becoming the second-fastest coach in NHL history to do so; only Hockey Hall of Famer and former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman reached the 500-win plateau faster.[13]

In 10 seasons with the Wings, Babcock coached the team past the 100-point plateau eight times; however, after their second consecutive trip to the Finals in 2009, the team won only three more playoff series under Babcock and failed to advance past the second round.

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

After failing to come to terms on a contract extension with the Red Wings, Babcock received permission to seek employment elsewhere on May 8, 2015. The Buffalo Sabres, who had the best odds at picking first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft for the right to select phenom Connor McDavid, were considered the most serious contenders for Babcock's services, with the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks also being in the mix.[14] However, on May 20, 2015, it was announced that Babcock would become the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.[15] He signed an eight-year contract worth $50 million (an average of $6.25 million per season), making him the highest-paid coach in NHL history by more than double the previous record holder's annual earnings.[16] Prior to Babcock signing the contract, Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers was the highest-paid coach in the NHL, reportedly earning $3 million per season.[17] The Leafs had failed to make the playoffs in nine of the previous ten seasons, and had not won a playoff series since 2004. The signing of Babcock by general manager Lou Lamoriello was seen as an important move in changing the team's fortunes.

Babcock coached his 1,000th NHL game during his first season with the Leafs, on February 4, 2016, against the New Jersey Devils.[18] The Maple Leafs finished last overall that season, compiling a record of 29–42–11 for 69 points. However, the re-building team had been expected to do poorly. This season marked the first time Babcock missed the playoffs since 2004 with the Mighty Ducks. The last place finish gave the Maple Leafs the best odds at winning the draft lottery ahead of the 2016 draft. They were awarded the first selection and picked coveted centre Auston Matthews. The draft helped to increase expectations for the Leafs, and the 2016–17 season was marked by many high-end rookies making the team, including Matthews, William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown. Those rookies, along with the addition of goaltender Frederik Andersen, helped the team to qualify for the playoffs, marking a rare occasion where a team goes from last in the league to capturing a playoff appearance.[19] Toronto faced the top-seeded Washington Capitals in the first round. The Maple Leafs pushed the Capitals to six games—with five going to overtime, tying an NHL record—before the team was eliminated by the Capitals.[20] Babcock's coaching was praised throughout the playoffs as it was during the regular season, with many lauding his attempts at player development while maintaining a high level of team success.[19] Babcock was nominated for the Jack Adams Award, but once again lost, this time to John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After their rapid turnaround, expectations for the Maple Leafs grew, but despite regular season success the team proved unable to break through in the playoffs, losing seven-game first-round playoff series to the Boston Bruins in 2018 and 2019. On November 20, 2019, the Maple Leafs fired Babcock after a six-game losing streak and amidst allegations of a toxic work environment.[21][22][23] At the time, the team had a record of 9–10–4 and were outside of the playoffs, despite being projected before the season began to be Stanley Cup contenders. This was the first time in Babcock's professional coaching career that he had been fired.

Academic athletics[edit]

On July 29, 2020, the University of Vermont announced that Babcock would be joining the school's Catamounts ice hockey team as an unpaid assistant coach under head coach Todd Woodcroft.[24] On February 20, 2021, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies announced that Babcock would become the coach of the men's ice hockey team for two seasons starting May 2021 on a volunteer basis.[25] Babcock took the opportunity to coach in his hometown in large part for the chance to coach alongside his son, Michael, who was pursuing a degree at the U of S and joined Mike on the bench as an assistant coach.[7] Despite accepting a position with Saskatchewan, Babcock remained with Vermont until the end of the 2020–21 season.[26]

Babcock opted to resign after one season with the Huskies on August 25, 2022, stating that he wanted to provide an opportunity for a bigger role for the team's assistant coaches.[7] The team had posted a 14–9 record under Babcock. The following day, Babcock announced that he was retiring from coaching.[27]

Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

With his contract expiring with the Maple Leafs, on July 1, 2023, Babcock was named the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, his first NHL position since 2019, signing a two-year, $8 million contract to become the highest paid coach in team history.[28][29]

On September 12, 10 weeks after being named Columbus' head coach, allegations of improper behavior first surfaced on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, with reports that Babcock had ordered players to show him their photos on their cellphone as part of a character building exercise. In response to the reports, the NHL and NHLPA both opened investigations into Babcock's behaviour.[30] Initial investigations did not find any reports of wrongdoing or discomfort from the players, including general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen, who Babcock had also asked to see photos from. However, as the investigations progressed, it was learned that several players, especially the younger members of the roster, were uncomfortable with Babcock's behavior.[31] Shortly after both investigations concluded, the parties contacted the Blue Jackets with their findings, at which point the team determined that there was no path forward where Babcock could coach. After two days of contract settlement negotiations, Babcock announced his resignation as head coach on September 17, before the start of the team's initial training camp.[32][33][34] The team subsequently apologized to their players for hiring Babcock amid fan criticism of the decision given previous revelations regarding Babcock's perceived toxic coaching methodologies and interactions in both Detroit and Toronto.[32][29][35]

International coaching career[edit]

In addition to his club coaching roles, Babcock has had a long career coaching with Hockey Canada. He first coached Canada's junior team at the 1997 World Junior Championships in Switzerland, where the country won a fifth consecutive gold medal, defeating the United States 2–0 in the final. Babcock coached Canada's senior team for the first time at the 2004 IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic, guiding Canada to a second consecutive gold medal with a 5–3 win over Sweden in the final.

On June 24, 2009, Babcock was announced as the head coach of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[36] The team finished the round robin with a regulation win over Norway, a shootout win over Switzerland, and a loss to the United States. In the elimination rounds they defeated Germany, Russia, and then Slovakia to advance to the final, where they defeated the United States 3–2 in overtime to win the gold medal.[37] With the win, Babcock became the first coach—and only thus far—in the International Ice Hockey Federation's Triple Gold Club,[38][39] which he earned through his Olympic Gold, World Championship gold, and 2008 Stanley Cup title.[38][39] To honour Babcock's entrance into the Triple Gold Club, his hometown of Saskatoon announced that July 17, 2010 would be known as "Mike Babcock Day."[40]

On July 22, 2013, it was announced that Babcock would return as head coach of Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[41] The team finished the round robin with regulation wins over Norway, and Austria, and an overtime win over Finland. In the quarterfinals they defeated Latvia, and in the semifinals they defeated the United States to advance to the gold medal game, where they defeated Sweden 3–0.[42] With the win, Babcock became only the second head coach to lead one country to a gold medal victory in consecutive Olympic appearances, after Viktor Tikhonov with the Soviet team in 1984 and 1988.[43]

Babcock also coached Canada to victory at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, making him the first and only coach to date to have won the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Cup, World Championship, and World Junior Championship.[44]

Coaching style[edit]

Babcock's teams generally focus on skills and puck possession over physical play and toughness. Babcock continued his tradition of building a team with skills rather than enforcement in Detroit.[45] Since the 2005–06 season, Babcock's teams have consistently had the fewest penalty minutes of any NHL team;[46] from 2005 to 2015, the Red Wings averaged 22 percent fewer penalty minutes than the league average, and 44 percent fewer penalty minutes than the highest league total.[47][48][49]


Former defenceman Mike Commodore has been a critic of Babcock, stemming from Commodore's days in the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's farm system. Among many different accusations of mistreatment, Commodore alleged that Babcock held him back in Cincinnati because Babcock was personally biased against him, doing the same thing a decade later in Detroit after reassuring Commodore before the season that he would get playing time.[50] Babcock addressed Commodore's criticisms in an appearance on Cam Janssen's podcast in March 2021, stating that Commodore was scratched because he did not perform better than other defenders on the 2011 team—he claimed that he did not recall much interacting with Commodore in Cincinnati—and refuted that Commodore was scratched because of a personal vendetta.[51] Commodore rejected this in a Tweet, saying Babcock "said the exact opposite on the phone July 1, 2011 you piece of shit."[52]

Other players have also voiced criticism of Babcock for his management style and his treatment of his players. Johan Franzén, who played for Babcock in Detroit, praised Babcock's preparation and tactical acuity as a coach, but called him a "terrible man, the worst person I've ever met," and accused Babcock of verbally abusing him, which was corroborated by former teammate Chris Chelios.[53] Babcock was accused of mistreating Mitch Marner during his rookie season, by asking him to rank his teammates in order of their work ethic and later sharing the list with other members of the team. Babcock confirmed the incident after it was reported, expressing his regret and stating that he had apologized to Marner at the time.[54] While covering Babcock's resignation from the Blue Jackets on their podcast Spittin' Chiclets, Paul Bissonnette and Ryan Whitney described him as "a truly bad person" and his coaching methods as personally-directed psychological abuse with questionable relevance to hockey itself.[55] They contrasted Babcock with John Tortorella, another coach who is notoriously tough on his players, by noting that Tortorella's methods are hockey related and he treats his players respectfully when off of the ice.[55]

Babcock has been accused of scratching players ahead of games that are of personal significance, such as removing Mike Modano from the lineup prior to his 1500th game,[56] benching Chelios at the 2009 Winter Classic in his hometown of Chicago, and not playing Jason Spezza in the Maple Leafs opening night game against his former team the Ottawa Senators.[57]

His brief tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets was marked by controversy after it was first reported that he had asked players in pre-season meetings to look through photos on their personal phones. Although the team and captain Boone Jenner initially downplayed the alleged incidents, an investigation by the NHLPA revealed that several of the younger members of the Blue Jackets were uncomfortable with Babcock's approach, and that in at least one instance, Babcock spent several minutes looking through a player's phone.[58] The controversy resulted in Babcock announcing his resignation before coaching a game for the Blue Jackets.[58]

Babcock's coaching methodologies, personality, and interpersonal interactions have reportedly led to the coach being broadly unpopular among hockey players and several hockey circles.[32][29][59][60] Revelations around Babcock's behaviour have been seen as broadly hurting his reputation publicly since 2019, as although Babcock's coaching acumen has been generally praised as being superior to contemporaries (at times, being seen as the best coach in the sport),[32] his off-putting personality has been regarded as a turnoff for employment opportunities and his overall professional legacy.[32][29]

Personal life[edit]

Babcock is of Irish descent through a grandfather.[61] Mike and his wife, Maureen, have three children.[62][63][64] Although he was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario, he grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He spent the majority of his childhood moving around between Northern Ontario, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, before his family settled in Saskatoon, which he considers his hometown, in 1975. Babcock attended both St. James Elementary School and Holy Cross High School on Saskatoon's east side; Babcock is one of the many notable graduates on Holy Cross High School's "Wall of Honour."

Babcock is an outspoken advocate for the Bell Let's Talk campaign, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and other mental health awareness campaigns.[65] In 2017, he became involved with a campaign called Ahead of the Game to raise money for youth mental health in sport.[65]

Babcock was made a member of the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2018.[66]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team W L OT/T Finish Postseason
1991–92 Moose Jaw Warriors 33 36 3 6th in East Lost East Division quarter-final
1992–93 Moose Jaw Warriors 27 42 3 8th in East Did not qualify
1994–95 Spokane Chiefs 32 36 4 5th West Lost West Division semi-final
1995–96 Spokane Chiefs 50 18 4 1st in West Lost WHL finals
1996–97 Spokane Chiefs 35 33 4 3rd in West Lost West Division semi-final
1997–98 Spokane Chiefs 45 23 4 2nd in West Lost West Division final
1998–99 Spokane Chiefs 19 44 9 7th in West Did not qualify
1999–2000 Spokane Chiefs 47 19 6 1st in West Lost WHL finals


Year Team W L OT/T Finish Postseason
2000–01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 41 26 13 2nd in South Lost in first round
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 33 33 14 3rd in Central Lost in preliminary round


Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L T OTL Pts Finish G W L Win% Result
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2002–03 82 40 27 9 6 95 2nd in Pacific 21 15 6 .714 Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2003–04 82 29 35 10 8 76 4th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim totals 164 69 62 19 14     21 15 6 .714  
Detroit Red Wings 2005–06 82 58 16 8 124 1st in Central 6 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
Detroit Red Wings 2006–07 82 50 19 13 113 1st in Central 18 10 8 .556 Lost in Conference Finals
Detroit Red Wings 2007–08 82 54 21 7 115 1st in Central 22 16 6 .727 Won Stanley Cup
Detroit Red Wings 2008–09 82 51 21 10 112 1st in Central 23 15 8 .652 Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
Detroit Red Wings 2009–10 82 44 24 14 102 2nd in Central 12 5 7 .417 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Detroit Red Wings 2010–11 82 47 25 10 104 1st in Central 11 7 4 .636 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Detroit Red Wings 2011–12 82 48 28 6 102 3rd in Central 5 1 4 .200 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
Detroit Red Wings 2012–13 48 24 16 8 56 3rd in Central 14 7 7 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Detroit Red Wings 2013–14 82 39 28 15 93 4th in Atlantic 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
Detroit Red Wings 2014–15 82 43 25 14 100 3rd in Atlantic 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Detroit Red Wings totals 786 458 223 105     123 67 56 .545  
Toronto Maple Leafs 2015–16 82 29 42 11 69 8th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs 2016–17 82 40 27 15 95 4th in Atlantic 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Toronto Maple Leafs 2017–18 82 49 26 7 105 3rd in Atlantic 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Toronto Maple Leafs 2018–19 82 46 28 8 100 3rd in Atlantic 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Toronto Maple Leafs 2019–20 23 9 10 4 22 Fired
Toronto Maple Leafs totals 351 173 133 45     20 8 12 .400  
NHL totals 1,301 700 418 19 164     164 90 74 .549 1 Stanley Cup
14 playoff appearances


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Sporting positions
Preceded by Head coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets
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