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Mike Babcock Is The Right Coach For Team Canada

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Mike Babcock likes to say that gold-medal preparation yields gold-medal results. The players who were with him at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics can claim that they have their gold medals in part because of that very philosophy.

Canada won gold four years ago and will try to defend it next month with Babcock behind the bench at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"Everything was laid out there for us when we got to the Olympics," Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith told NHL.com. "We were very well-prepared in what we wanted to accomplish on the ice as far as our systems and the way we wanted to play as a team. It was also communicated to us very clearly about what the other team's tendencies were, how they played their systems and the players on their team. That was one thing that stood out for me was how well prepared we were as players."

That preparation has players like Keith and the 10 others who played for Canada in Vancouver trusting that Babcock again is the ideal coach for them in a short tournament.

While his success in the NHL is well known -- Babcock is a Stanley Cup champion (2008), a three-time Cup Finalist (2003, 2008, 2009) and the third-fastest coach in history to reach 400 wins, behind Scotty Bowman and Glen Sather -- he has had great success in international tournaments.

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“It’s not a movie here. It’s not ‘Miracle,’” Keith said. “There doesn’t need to be any heroic speeches. We all know that whether it’s in the NHL or at the Olympics. As players, when you’re treated like men, you’re going to play like men.”

Fuch off, Keith.  Team USA was boys playing against seasoned and hardened men.  Since the IOC and the IIHF allowed NHL players, everyone’s team is fairly stacked with players from the top men’s professional league in the world.  Idiot.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/20/14 at 02:57 PM ET

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Impressive article.

Posted by guy on 01/20/14 at 08:31 PM ET

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