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Duffer’s Dabbles: Ex-Red Wings Coach Babcock A Winner in College Debut

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Mike Babcock, former Detroit Red Wings coach
Making his debut as coach of the Saskatchewan Huskies in Canadian university hockey, ex-Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was a winner.

Mike Babcock is a winning coach again. He was last coach to lead the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup. On the weekend, he was guiding the Saskatchewan Huskies to a 3-2 victory in their season opener against the Regina Cougars.

Fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2019, Babcock is working this season as a volunteer head coach for the Huskies, who play in the Canada West division of U Sports, which is the governing body of Canadian university sports.

“I’ve been in a lot of home openers in my life,” Babcock told usask.ca. “A lot of home openers look like this and you can’t wait for the next one.”

Babcock, 58, played defense for the Huskies in 1981-82 under head coach Dave King. He was head coach of the Red Wings from 2005-2016. Babcock ended up posting a 458-223-105 record with the Wings for a .694 winning percentage. He guided them to the 2007-08 Stanley Cup title.

Around The League

Pittsburgh: And you were thinking that the Red Wings had a rough Saturday. Babcock’s old team the Maple Leafs were taking it on the chin Saturday 7-1 from a Penguins team missing Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

Toronto: Naturally, there’s unrest in Leaf land, where their heroes are off to a 2-4-1 start and have lost three in a row.

Montreal: A hat-trick from Mathieu Perreault and a 6-1 drubbing of the Red Wings is turning those frowns upside down for Habs fans who were distraught over the team’s 0-5 start to the season.

Detroit: New Jersey Devils goalie MacKenzie Blackwood has begun the COVID-19 vaccination process. That will leave Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi as the only player on an active NHL roster who remains unvaccinated.

Florida: The Panthers maintained their perfect beginning to the 2021-22 NHL campaign. Florida improves to 5-0 via a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Detroit: Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek played all 56 games last season. He led the club in scoring with 26 points. However, with one assist through four games and a Corsi rating of 37.1, Hronek was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Canadiens.

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