A few days ago, we learned that NHL players will once again be allowed to participate in the Olympics, with the next set of Games to be played in Sochi, Russia, in Feb. 2014. Well, if the league is setting aside time in the schedule for the players to be Olympians, why not the coaches yet again? According to SportsNet.ca, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will once again be the head coach for Team Canada. Babcock, who’ll again be assisted by Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, Stars coach Lindy Ruff, will also have Bruins coach Claude Julien on his staff. Red Wings legend and Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is again the Team Canada executive director. Yzerman was assisted by Detroit GM Ken Holland among others in 2010 when Canada won the gold in overtime over the U.S. Holland is also on board the Team Canada group again. Early thinking has Babcock and Holland as the only Red Wing representation for Canada. USA TODAY’s Kevin Allen wrote over the weekend that he suspects Jimmy Howard and maybe even Justin Abdelkader to get the call for Team USA. One would also think players like Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) and half the Red Wings roster (Sweden) will also be in Sochi.
Red Wings' Mike Babcock will once again coach Canadian Olympic team
Detroit Free Press | Jul 22