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Two Mike Babcocks in NHL

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Mike Babcock, former Detroit Red Wings coach
Michael Babcock, the son of former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, has been hired as a skills coach by the St. Louis Blues.

It was big news when everyone was learning that former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would be returning to the NHL. His hiring as bench boss of the Columbus Blue Jackets recently went public. But it turns out that he isn’t the only member of his family who will be coaching in the league next season. In fact, it’s been a big month to be named Mike Babcock.

Michael Babcock, the 28-year-old son of the ex-Detroit coach, is the new skills coach for the St. Louis Blues. Last season, the younger Babcock was working with Detroit’s Atlantic Division rivals the Ottawa Senators. His work there was including on-ice skill development. His tasks also involved pre-scouting of upcoming opponents and helping the coaching staff develop game plans.

Prior to that he was working for two years as an assistant coach with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. During one of those seasons, he was serving on his father’s staff.

Michael Babcock was a college hockey player at Merrimack. He would also play as a pro in France.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • The Red Wings have been mentioned in trade talk involving likely Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks
  • Detroit defensive prospect William Wallinder was named Young Player of the Year by the EHC
  • Might Zach Benson be the player the Red Wings tab with the ninth overall pick of the NHL entry draft?
  • They made offers to Pius Suter and Alex Chiasson. However, it appears unlikely that Detroit will be signing any of the club’s impending UFAs

Red Wings Offseason

A familiar face was spotted among those demonstating recently at the Michigan state capital in Lansing. During a rally demanding changes to Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws, former Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov was among the demonstrators. He was one of a number of survivors of catastophic car crashes who were seeking reforms to the laws that were rewritten in 2019.

Konstantinov suffered permanent brain damage in a 1997 limousine crash shortly after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. His care coverage was cut by 45% when changes to the no-fault insurance laws went into effect in 2021.

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