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Sports Leafs’ Babcock credits his success to coaches he’s ‘stolen’ from

16:07  07 december  2017
16:07  07 december  2017 Source:   thestar.com

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Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock owned up to what has made him one of the most decorated coaches in hockey: Stealing . “When I started at Red Deer College, there was a guy — Perry Pearn — at NATE and his teams were better than mine, so I just stole everything he did,” said Babcock .

Michael Babcock Jr. (born April 29, 1963) is a Canadian professional ice hockey head coach , currently serving as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously spent 10 seasons as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

Mike Babcock says he's been stealing from rivals since he was coaching at Red Deer College.© Bernard Weil Mike Babcock says he's been stealing from rivals since he was coaching at Red Deer College.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock owned up to what has made him one of the most decorated coaches in hockey: Stealing.

“When I started at Red Deer College, there was a guy — Perry Pearn — at NATE and his teams were better than mine, so I just stole everything he did,” said Babcock.

“Then the same with Billy Moores at U of A, just try to take everything. Same with Clare Drake.

“When I got to the Western Hockey League, I was in Spokane and the best coach was Don Hay in Kamloops. Stole everything we could from him. You do that all the way.” Finally, when Babcock made the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks, Jacques Lemaire was coaching the Minnesota Wild.

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No coach is. Babcock ’s specific imperfections can actually be counterproductive. The stubbornness he displays in judging players created a dog This may come as a surprise, with Nylander spending the bulk of his time alongside Auston Matthews, but he ’ s closer to Babcock ’s doghouse than most think.

But in thinking his coaching career might’ve reached an early end, Babcock was gravely serious. During practice Babcock skated beside his star forward, slashing him on the forearms to get him SI feature story: Mike Babcock once worked in a slaughterhouse. Now he ' s trying to raise the dead in

“I watched his morning skate and how fast everything was going compared to my morning skate, and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me here? Different league.’

“I remember sneaking into his practice — Jacques would stop practice if he saw you — so I would sneak and hide behind a pole. I call a drill we do the Jacques Lemaire Forecheck Drill. He said, ‘I never did that drill.’ I said, “I stole it from you.’

“He said, ‘You changed it then.’ ”

Babcock laughed.

“I think you learn from all people. Some people help you on purpose and some people you just admire how their team plays, so you watch and learn. That’s the same for everything in life.”

Loose team: Auston Matthews believes there’s a “pretty loose” vibe around the Maple Leafs. “That’s the way we want it. We’re obviously focused when it comes to game-day on what we need to do. When we are loose, we play better instead of everybody being uptight. Things have gone pretty well for us as of late. We don’t want to let that slip away.”

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He seems to enjoy the pressure, shown by the job he did in leading Team Canada to gold medals in Babcock is also a perfect fit for the Maple Leafs because he seems to do his best work when his The Red Wings believe he has the potential to be another Babcock , the kind of coach who always

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Minutes monster: Frederik Andersen continues to lead the league in minutes played, rarely getting a night off, as the Maple Leafs No. 1 goalie. He says he’s getting used to the workload. “Last year was really the first year I was supposed to be the No. 1 guy,” said Andersen. “The more you do it, the more you get used to it.”

Wake up: It appears the morning skate is back in the Maple Leafs arsenal. For a while, coach Mike Babcock had allowed the players to use the skate as an optional, especially after a day of practice. But the slow starts to their game have hastened a change. The morning skate is no longer optional. “I just know that when we don’t (have a morning skate), we don’t start on time. I just did the math,” said Babcock.

Impressive rookie: Swedish defenceman Andreas Borgman has not looked out of place at all on the Leafs’ bottom pairing. His booming shot has helped the offence and he has a tough physical presence. “At the start, he’s got to learn how to play defence,” said Babcock. “He has those skills, he’s got great evasiveness, he has unbelievable edges and a big body so he can take a hit and still make a play. When he gets into the most trouble is when he has too much time, he gets thinking out there. When he just plays fast, he’s fine. His game is going to evolve over time, it takes a long time in the National League when you first come. It’s way harder as a D-man. I think he’s doing a real nice job for us.”

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Uncle Patty: Sounds like the Leafs were betting on the kind of relationship that is emerging between veteran Patrick Marleau and young players like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. “It’s a home run for us,” said Babcock. “I had Nicklas Lidstrom, now I have Patrick Marleau. Those are fine, fine, fine players to say the least. They make people better. They don’t say nothing, they just do what they do every day and they do it better than everybody else. Now he’s got 100-whatever game winners, and been in the league for 1500-whatever games. He’s been doing what he loves to do. He comes in and works hard. It’s not a bad concept. We’re hoping it rubs off.”

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