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SASKATOON – Mike Babcock, who trained the Detroit Red Wings to one Stanley Cup title and the Canadian men’s team to two Olympic medals, is taking over the men’s team for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies

Huskie Athletics Chief Athletics Officer Dave Hardy announced on Saturday that Babcock will volunteer to run the Huskies on a full-time basis for the next two seasons

Babcock, a Saskatoon-born and ex-Huskies player, is replacing Dave Adolph, who announced his retirement on December 7 after 27 years coaching Saskatchewan

Babcock joins the Huskies after spending the past 17 seasons in the NHL, including leading the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup championship

He also coached Anaheim and Toronto Babcock was fired 23 games in the 2019-20 season during his fifth campaign with the Maple Leafs

Babcock coached Canada to Olympic gold medals in men’s hockey in 2010 and 2014 and was also behind the bench for Canada’s 1997 Junior World Championship and World Championship title in 2004

“I’m very excited to be working with huskie athletes in my hometown at the university where I had the opportunity to play under legendary coach Dave King,” Babcock said in a statement

“This is a special place to me and I look forward to having the chance to grow these young men. Saskatchewan has offered me many opportunities in my life and career, and I am very excited about the opportunity to do something return “

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