Former NHL coach Babcock takes over at U of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) — Mike Babcock, the former NHL coach who directed the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup title and Canada to two Olympic medals, is taking over the University of Saskatchewan hockey team.

The Huskies announced Saturday that Babcock will lead the team on a full-time volunteer basis for the next two seasons.

Babcock, a Saskatoon native and former Huskies player, replaces Dave Adolph, who announced his retirement on Dec. 7 after 27 years coaching Saskatchewan.

Babcock joins the Huskies after spending the past 17 seasons in the NHL, including guiding the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup championship in 2008.

He also coached Anaheim and Toronto. Babcock was fired 23 games into the 2019-20 season, his fifth with the Maple Leafs.

Babcock coached Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014, and also was behind the bench for Canada’s 1997 world junior championship and world title in 2004.

“I am excited to work with Huskie athletes, back in my hometown, at the university where I had the opportunity to play under legendary coach Dave King,” Babcock said in a statement.

“This is a special place for me, and I look forward to having the chance to help develop these young men. Saskatchewan has provided me many opportunities in my life and my career, and I am truly excited about the opportunity to give back.”

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