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Babcock Shares Some Secrets

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

As they prepare to take on the Canadiens Wednesday at the Bell Centre, the Red Wings are the league’s best club and one of the early favourites to challenge for the Stanley Cup.

Babcock has joked that he’s strong on R&D; in his case, that is rob and do. Even today, with his remarkable pedigree, he admits he’s a shameless thief.

“I’m borrowing all the time,” Babcock said Tuesday. “We’re in constant change. It was on purpose that I hired guys who hadn’t been in the NHL before.”

It’s this kind of progressive, outside-the-box thinking that has made Babcock one of hockey’s elite coaches, arguably its best, and the only winner of the game’s trifecta: the Stanley Cup, Olympic Games and world championship.

As he began his search for new assistants, Babcock pored over Geoff Colvin’s bestselling Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else.

“The book talked about all the young, enthusiastic people who were outdoing the old veterans,” he said. “So I asked myself, ‘Why wouldn’t I do that?’ I found guys who won at the levels they were at with new ideas, and tried to get ideas that way.

“(Detroit general manager) Ken Holland and I were discussing the direction we were going and we wanted to change our approach. I was going to be in my seventh year with Detroit. You get to be like Charlie Brown’s teacher after awhile.


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bezukov's avatar

You get to be like Charlie Brown’s teacher after awhile.

Yeah Uncle Mike, we’ve noticed that from time to time.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/25/12 at 12:56 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Is it possible to get a McGill University sweater with Uncle Mike’s name and number on it?

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 01/25/12 at 04:40 PM ET

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