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by Paul on 03/04/10 at 05:31 PM ET
NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) – Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada, and Ryan Miller goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres and Team USA, are today’s guests on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.
Mike Babcock’s international coaching career has been golden. On Sunday, as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team, Babcock completed hockey’s grand slam by adding yet another accomplishment to his already impressive resume. With Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory against Team USA in Vancouver, Babcock became the only coach in hockey history to guide teams to supremacy in four of the most prestigious tournaments in the game: the World Junior Championship, the World Championship, the Olympic Games and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Babcock coached Team Canada to gold medal performances at the 1997 World Junior Championship in Geneva, 2004 World Championship in Prague and 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2008, the same year he was named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year, Babcock guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship by defeating Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
On Sunday, moments after receiving his silver medal, Team USA’s goaltender Ryan Miller was also named tournament MVP, voted to the All-Star team and named one of three recipients of the Directorate Awards at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Miller came into the gold medal game with the weight of the team on his shoulders, after finishing the semi-final round with a perfect 4-0 record.
Miller’s Sabres are currently sitting one point off the NHL’s Northeast Division lead with 75 points. The Club’s next game is Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers. He set new career highs in saves (48) and shots faced (50) against Toronto on January 8 and played in his 300th career NHL game on January 6, 2010.
The matchup for the March 21 “Game of the Week” on NBC Sports also will be announced during NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman.
NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on SIRIUS Channel 208 as part of the “Best of XM” programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on SIRIUS XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.
The show encourages fans to call in with questions for the Commissioner. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-645-6696. NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman is a production of NHL Radio.
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