Babcock back in hockey, but not in the NHL
Former Wings coach Mike Babcock will join the University of Vermont as a volunteer consultant.
Mike Babcock is returning to the hockey world.
The former Red Wings coach was fired as the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs last Nov. 20, and then was accused of questionable coaching techniques both with Detroit and Toronto. Those claims came after Babcock’s protégé, Bill Peters, a former assistant in Detroit under Babcock, was fired by the Calgary Flames when it came out that Peters had used a racial slur against a player while coaching in the minors.
There was immediate speculation about how long it would take for Babcock to land another NHL coaching job, and he may be beginning his journey back to that point. Babcock will join the University of Vermont as a volunteer consultant, it has been announced.
First-year UVM coach Todd Woodcroft is bringing Babcock aboard. Although both attended McGill University in Montreal, their ties go even farther back than that.
"Mike and I have been connected for over 15 years, and our network goes back even further to our McGill University experience," Woodcroft said. "He is a premier coach across any athletic platform, and, as a coaching staff we are very fortunate to be able to draw from his experiences. Mike's knowledge, his network and, above all else, the modern lens he uses to look at the game of hockey will help accelerate the progression of our entire program."
Woodcroft’s brother, Jay, was an assistant under Babcock with the Red Wings from 2005-08, helping Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2008.
Jay Woodcroft is the coach of the Bakersfield Monarchs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
Babcock won more games than any other coach in Red Wings’ franchise history during his tenure from 2005-06 to 2014-15. He also coached Team Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014.