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#1 under_par_00

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:24 AM

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=424980

 

When the Canadian Men's hockey team takes the ice at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, they will have some familiar faces behind the bench.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com is reporting that Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, the man that led Canada to gold at the Vancouver 2010 Games, will once again be the team's bench boss.

LeBrun is also reporting that St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock and former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff will return as associate coaches.

The staff will be rounded out by Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

Babcock captured the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008; he also coached Canada to gold at the 1997 and 2004 IIHF World Championships.

 

 



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 08:46 AM

I'd say Canada has a good chance with that set of bench bosses.  Go, Babs!  Best coach in the NHL, in my opinion.  :clap:


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:58 AM

I will be rooting against them.  

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:01 AM

Team Canada with Yzerman and Babs? How am I supposed to support Team USA?

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

Team Canada with Yzerman and Babs? How am I supposed to support Team USA?

 

Did you support Canada last time, when they had Crosby, Iginla, Pronger, this ******, that ******, etc?


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:15 AM

USA!



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:18 AM

Cool how the other teams' fans respect our true talent = Babcock, Datsyuk.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:27 AM

Good for Babs. He certainly deserves the honor.

 

Won't be rooting for him in this instance, though. 



Team Canada with Yzerman and Babs? How am I supposed to support Team USA?

 

Sidney Crosby?


 
 
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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:19 PM

 

Did you support Canada last time, when they had Crosby, Iginla, Pronger, this ******, that ******, etc?

Lol...barely.  I think I was just cheering for Z and Dats and didn't care much for Canada's player selections.  Next olympics should be a nasty good team Canada.  I'll actually cheer for them and like the team.


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:28 PM

Maybe Babs can sway some players to sign here during that stint. Congrats to Babs
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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:31 PM

I will not cheer for Canada unless Dan Cleary is on the team.  


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:38 PM

I will not cheer for Canada unless Dan Cleary is on the team.  

 

He was at the Olympic selections camp in August 2009 in Calgary :lol: Safe to say he won't be there this time.

 

Good for Babs, right man for the job. Confident he'll get the job done again.


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:58 PM

Awesome news, glad to have him leading Canada again.  Julien was also a good choice to replace Lemaire.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 04:03 PM

That's a shame.  It will be a bummer to have all the media jumping down his throat when USA wins gold.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:15 PM

 

Did you support Canada last time, when they had Crosby, Iginla, Pronger, this ******, that ******, etc?

 

No I did not, and I won't this time either. 

 

Wonder if Jimmy will get any ice time, with Kings darling Quick sure to start. 

 

I guess Team Sweden it is, then. 



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:32 PM

USA's going to win it anyway so it doesn't matter who Canada's coach is. This is fact.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:56 PM

Team Sverige all the way!

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:58 PM

Abdelkader named 1st line RW of team USA

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:59 PM

I guess that means NHL is officially letting players go?  Unless they already announced that and I missed it.


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:32 PM

usa will be about as gritty as they come. That, paired with 3 of the top 5/6 goalies will win them gold


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