Mike Babcock has been shaping the minds of NHL players as a coach for over two decades.
When he’s not on the ice, he’s often at home spending time with his family.
Who is Mike Babcock?
Mike Babcock is a professional ice hockey coach from Saskatoon, Canada.
He began his NHL coaching career in 2002 when he was named head coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, now known simply as the Anaheim Ducks.
Since then, he has had stints with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Babcock has also coached Team Canada and is the only coach to join the prestigious Triple Gold Club.
The Triple Gold Club is an elite group of players who have won the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament and the Stanley Cup.
Babcock first won the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship with Team Canada in 2004, followed by the 2008 Stanley Cup with the Red Wings and then a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
He also won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Prior to coaching, Babcock played for the Saskatoon Blades and Kelowna Wings of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Who is Mike Babcock’s wife Maureen?
Throughout Babcock’s coaching career, he was supported by his wife, Maureen Babock.
Together they have welcomed three children, and while some parents may want their children to follow in their footsteps, Babcock and his wife just hope they make a positive impact on society.
“That is the benchmark for my wife and I: the impact our children have on society,” Babcock said SportsNet.
“So if someone sits down one day and says, ‘What’s important to you?’ I’m not saying the Stanley Cup or the Olympic gold medals. I say my children. And maybe one day their successful marriages and their grandchildren and all that.
“That’s what’s important to me. That’s the measure of me as a man, not this other stuff,” he said.
Further information about Maureen is currently unclear as she often stays out of the spotlight.
How long was Mike Babcock with the Columbus Blue Jackets?
Babcock’s time with the Maple Leafs ended in 2019 after five seasons and he was not offered another professional job until 2023.
In July of that year, the Blue Jackets signed him to a two-year contract, but he never made it to the NHL season.
In September 2023, he announced that he would step down and take over the position of assistant coach Pascal Vincent.
The message was released amid allegations that he violated the players’ privacy by asking to see photos on their cellphones ESPN.
“Upon reflection, it has become clear that continuing to be the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets would be too much of a distraction,” Babcock said in a statement.
“While I am disappointed that I have not had the opportunity to continue the work I have begun, I know it is in the best interests of the organization for me to step down at this time. I wish everyone in the organization all the best for the coming season.”
The aforementioned allegations were made in a podcast by former NHL player Paul Bissonnette, who claimed that Babcock asked Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner to show his camera roll via AirPlay during a team meeting.
Babcock admitted he asked Jenner and other players and staff members to share pictures of their families, but it was an attempt to get to know them better.
He said what was portrayed in the podcast was “a gross misrepresentation of these meetings and extremely offensive.” ESPN.
Jenner released his own statement about the situation, saying he was “happy” to share photos of his family with the trainer.
“I thought it was a great first meeting and a good way for us to start building a relationship,” Jenner said.
“It’s really disappointing that this is being blown out of proportion,” he added.
Blue Jackets forward Johnny Gaudreau had similar sentiments, confirming to ESPN that he also shared photos with Babcock, calling it a “great meeting.”
“We were able to share things with each other, pictures of our family,” Gaudreau told the outlet.
“I was a little upset when I saw how it was handled and how it came out… but there’s nothing you can do about it. We got off to a great start and had a great meeting with him.”