Former Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock returns to his Canadian university roots by transferring to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies as the team’s next head coach

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This is Babcock’s first job as head coach since he was fired by the Maple Leafs in November 2019. He will officially take over the role in May when current head coach Dave Adolph retires after 27 years with the program

Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon, is returning to the team he played one season for 1981-82 and has previous coaching experience at the U Sports level at the University of Lethbridge

“I’m very excited to be working with huskie athletes 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 develop these young men

“Saskatchewan has offered me many opportunities in my life and career, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give back”

Babcock is one of the NHL’s most awarded coaches of the 21st century Century with a Stanley Cup win and two Olympic gold medals on his résumé

While his teams have been successful on the ice, some of Babcock’s coaching tactics have come under fire since his release by the Maple Leafs, with allegations of verbal abuse surfacing, an incident first reported by Postmedia’s Terry Koshan , concerned Babcock, who asked Maple Leafs newbie Mitch Marner to rank his teammates by work ethic and then revealed the list to some of those players

“There is no question that it was all up to me,” Babcock said in a recent interview with The Athletic about the incident “Not with Mitch It was all on me I made a mistake My mistake”

Since he broke up with the Maple Leafs, Babcock has largely stayed out of the public eye last fall, interviewed for the position of head coach at the Washington Capitals, but lost to Peter Laviolette that season he has a role at NBC Sports Taken over as in-studio analyst for NHL broadcasts

The 2020-21 U Sports sports calendar was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the team won the Canada West Championship in 2019-20 to secure a spot in the U Sports national championship tournament for the eighth time nine seasons

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