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by George Malik on 09/30/13 at 01:04 PM ET
RedWingsFeed noted that CBC host Ron MacLean penned a start-of-the-season, well, ramble, and MacLean is curious as to what the man who told the gold medal-winning 2010 Olympic team to "Leave No Doubt" will have in store for the Canadian Olympians heading to Sochi in February. MacLean notes that Babcock and advertising executive and friend Rick Larsen came up with the "Credo for living your dreams," and as such...
Obviously, the theme will come out on Mike's terms, after his team has shared the story behind it, and the hopes contained within. But I can share some insight into how the new slogan was created.
Babcock and Rick Larsen decided to think about Russia and what it would be like this time. One of Mike's biggest concerns is the down time. In Vancouver, family was all around. They're usually the ones who make ya look good. But in the event you wanted your space, well, Vancouver was perfect. Nice place to go for a stroll, full of familiar languages, foods and even great weather.
Sochi will make the family aspect a bit challenging as not everyone can or will go that distance and down time won't be great if you're confined to the athletes village. Great players struggle to not think about the game. They're not afraid of injury, playing poorly or losing badly, but they live with a pre-game tension they can never shed. Escape is vital. In an athlete's village, the reminders of what this all means is great.
So then, Mike and Rick thought about their own kids -- five of them, 16 to 20 years of age, three at university -- and that's when they invited the kids in to help concoct a theme. The kids went away to university to represent their families. They left the nest. They came to a campus where the reminder of what's at stake is like walls closing in. They came to a dormitory, a stripped down environment versus home. Suddenly, they stood next to someone in the same position. Another young dreamer thinking this is our time and you beside me, you are now my family. I will need you to shelter me from doubts, from excesses, from pressure. I will need you to make me look good.
Looking ahead to the new season, I'm eager to watch Babcock. To see who he plays with Pavel in Detroit and who he matches against Datsyuk in Sochi. Maybe Mike will tell me the slogan when we gather at the Big House on New Year's Day in Ann Arbor, Mich.
It's going to be a great year. We're going back to school. Part of the fun will be sitting down to see if you can spot the person or your favourite who is like Mike Babcock. The one who makes you good. Whoever that is, is as good as gold.
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