Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings has been officially announced as Canada’s head coach for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Babcock also coached the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team to the gold medal. Babcock has won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, a gold medal with the Canadian Olympic Team in 2010, and a gold medal in the IIHF world hockey championship in 2004.
Babcock, who was snubbed this season for the Jack Adam’s Award, coached a young and beat up Red Wings team into the second round of the playoffs, and nearly into the Western Conference Finals. Babcock has a career record of 445-232-19-91 in the NHL. He spent his first two seasons in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks. He led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first year of coaching, but they were beaten by the New Jersey Devils. The Ducks missed the playoffs the following season, and Babcock found his way to Detroit where he won 58 games in his first season as head coach.