| Notes: Mike Babcock is currently in his fourth season as the head coach of the Red Wings after signing a new three-year contract to remain in Detroit. Over his first three-plus campaigns in the Motor City, he has compiled a 195-67-35 record. Last year, Babcock became the first coach in NHL history to guide his team to three consecutive 50-win seasons in his first three seasons with a team. Under his watch, the Red Wings have twice captured the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular season champion. In 2005-06, Detroit finished with a league best 58 wins, including an NHL record 31 road victories, and 124 points. Last season, the Red Wings again topped the NHL with 54 wins, 115 points and added the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals against. Those win totals (58, 54) represent the second and third highest respectively in franchise history. Last January, Babcock was named head coach of the Western Conference for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game after leading the Red Wings to a Conference best 30-8-3 first half record. The 30 wins at the time marked the best win total at the halfway point for any NHL team in an 82-game season, and the best first half win total ever in Red Wings' history. He once again represented the Red Wings at the 2009 NHL All-Star game in Montreal as an Assistant Coach. Babcock was a finalist for the 2008 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year and was the winner of the Sporting News' 2008 NHL Coach of the Year as voted on by his peers. His overall record through six plus NHL seasons is 264-129-68, giving him the most wins among NHL head coaches since 2002-03, his first season in the National Hockey League.|
Babcock's NHL postseason success is just as impressive. He guided the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup championship in only his third season with the team, securing his first title in the National Hockey League and the 11th in Red Wings' team history. This came just one season after Babcock led the Red Wings to the 2007 Western Conference Final. Since he entered the league in 2002-03, Babcock has coached in 67 NHL postseason games, 15 more than any other coach during that span. He has won 43 postseason games, also 15 more than his closest competitor. His .642 postseason winning percentage since 2003 is tops among NHL coaches.
Prior to joining the Red Wings, Babcock spent two seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002-04), where in his first season as an NHL head coach he led the Ducks to their first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. With four straight wins over Detroit in the first round of the 2003 playoffs, the Ducks became the first team to sweep a defending Stanley Cup champion since 1952 when the Red Wings swept the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 2002-03, Babcock led Anaheim to their then best regular season in club history, totaling 40 wins and 95 points (40-27-9-6). Anaheim was the most improved team in the NHL that season, finishing 26 points ahead of their total from 2001-02. The Ducks also set club records for lowest GAA (2.32) and fewest goals allowed (193).
Prior to stepping behind the bench in Anaheim, Babcock spent two seasons as head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (2000-02), at the time the primary AHL affiliate for Detroit and Anaheim. He led the club to a combined 74-59-20-7 record, including a franchise-best 41 wins and 95 points (41-26-9-4) in 2000-01. Cincinnati qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs both seasons under his direction.
Babcock moved to Cincinnati following a successful six-year run as the head coach of the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL (1994-95 through 1999-2000). He had a regular season record of 228-173-29 in Spokane. He was twice named the WHL Coach of the Year (1996 and 2000) and was named head coach of the WHL West Division All-Star Team.
In 1993-94, his only season with the Lethbridge Pronghorns of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Babcock guided his team to a national championship winning the CIS Univeristy Cup and was named CIS Coach of the Year.
Babcock has also represented his native Canada at several international competitions. In 2004, he led Team Canada to the gold medal at the World Championships in Prague. Under Babcock's direction, the Canadians posted a 7-1-1 overall record and defeated Sweden 5-3 in the tournament final. In 1997, he earned the honor of coaching Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in Switzerland. Under his guidance Team Canada secured gold with a 2-0 win over the United States in the championship game. He became the first Canadian coach to serve as bench boss for both the Canadian World Junior team and the Canadian World Championship team.
Away from the rink, Babcock is involved in several charitable causes. Most notably, he serves as a spokesman for the Jeffrey Thomas Hayden Foundation which was created to increase awareness about pediatric brain tumors and provide education and support to affected families. The JTHF was created by Tim and Cindy Hayden after losing their 12-year old son Jeffrey to a pediatric brain tumor in September 2004. A passionate supporter in the fight against pediatric cancer, he hosts a child battling the disease at each Red Wings home game and meets with him or her prior to the game.
Babcock also recently shared the Stanley Cup with patients and families at Children's Hospital of Michigan just days after the Red Wings captured the trophy. In addition, he devoted much of his Cup day in Saskatoon to local charities including Royal Univeristy Hospital, the Sherbrooke Community Centre and the Children's Health and Hospital Foundation.
Mike and his wife, Maureen, have three children: Allie, Michael and Taylor
MIKE BABCOCK'S PRO HEAD COACHING RECORD
REG SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Team League W L 0/T W L
2000-01 Cincinnati AHL 41 26 13 1 3
2001-02 Cincinnati AHL 33 33 14 1 2
2002-03 Anaheim NHL 40 27 15 15 6
2003-04 Anaheim NHL 29 35 18
2005-06 Detroit NHL 58 16 8 2 4
2006-07 Detroit NHL 50 19 13 10 8
2007-08 Detroit NHL 54 21 7 16 6
2008-09 Detroit NHL 33 11 7
DRW Totals 195 67 35 28 18
NHL Totals 264 129 68 43 24