As the NHL trade deadline approaches, there’s uncertainty in Toronto as to whether forward James van Riemsdyk will remain with the Maple Leafs for the balance of the regular season and into the playoffs. The 28-year-old winger can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the Leafs have to decide whether to flip him […]
Mike Babcock is a passionate coach, and a pretty straightforward, stern individual. However, when his Toronto Maple Leafs won the 2016 draft lottery for the rights to select Auston Matthews first overall, his emotions got the best of him. “Well, we got Auston,” Babcock told TSN’s Kristen Shilton while discussing the team’s progress over the […]
Hockey Canada announced Tuesday its 2018 class of inductees for the Order of Hockey in Canada, and headlining this year's honorees are Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, three-time Olympic medalist Danielle Goyette, and former NHL All-Star Ryan Smyth. The honor is awarded annually to individuals for their contribution to the sport of hockey […]
The Toronto Maple Leafs might not be a perfect team, but on paper, you wouldn’t expect them to go through many scoring droughts. Toronto also has solid supporting scorers in the likes of James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri. Dry spells are going to come, but the heat is starting to rise on Mike Babcock’s […]
By Steve Keating Toronto (Reuters) – Mike Babcock coached Canada to men's ice hockey gold at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Winter Games and he will be back behind the bench again during the Pyeongchang Olympics. Although the NHL wanted no part of the Pyeongchang Games, cutting ties after
Mike Babcock is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of the NHL, but for the first time in his stint as the Maple Leafs‘ bench boss, he’s over-coaching. Toronto’s once unstoppable offense has come to a screeching halt in the month of December, with the last four games evidently the low point. […]
Mike Babcock nailed it when he described the Toronto Maple Leafs, at least at times, as dumb and fun. The Leafs currently lead the NHL with 37 goals, one more than the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning, despite Toronto playing one fewer game. Credit Babcock, then, with mostly embracing what makes this team tick.
It was a good Saturday night for Mike Babcock. With a 4-3 overtime win over the rival Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss notched his fourth win of the season, and 600th of his NHL coaching career. Babcock, who joined the Maple Leafs in 2015, picked up 458 wins in his previous stop […]
In a battle of two unbeaten NHL teams, the New Jersey Devils prevailed on Wednesday, handing the Toronto Maple Leafs a 6-3 defeat. After the game, Babcock said his team (now 3-1-0) was “skated into the ground” by the upstart Devils. “Hockey’s fair, you get what you deserve,” Babcock said.
Toronto played the 2016-17 season without a captain. Mike Babcock told reporters on Thursday at the team's media day that the Leafs will go another season without a captain, quelling any speculation Toronto would bestow the letter on any roster player for the 2017-18 season. The #leafs won't have a captain this season, per Mike […]
When Ron Hainsey was added to the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster last month, Toronto fans weren't exactly singing the veteran's praises. But, after listening to head coach Mike Babcock's rationale for his acquisition, Leafs supporters may change their tunes. Related: Fixing the Maple Leafs’ defense means trading a forward According to Babcock, Hainsey is in […]
In September 2010, after watching him in training camp, then Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Brendan Smith has the ability to "be a gamebreaker." (MLive) In 2013 Babcock spoke about how Smith can't force things and that his role with the Red Wings was to kill penalties and "get the puck going." (MLive) […]