Detroit Red Wings Head Coach; Stanley Cup & Olympic Gold Medal Winner
- Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Mike Babcock began his NHL coaching career with the Anaheim Ducks in 2002, leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season. In 2007, he became the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, which he quickly led to a Stanley Cup championship. Babcock's success has also spilled over into the world of International Hockey. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, he coached the Canadian mens team to a memorable gold medal victory. That gold medal game, an overtime thriller against Team USA, was a galvanizing moment for Canadian sports fans—for all Canadians—and became one of the most watched programs in the country's history. He repeated this feat at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, coaching the team to another gold medal win.
Babcock's natural leadership and in-depth knowledge of the game have made him one of the most successful and inspirational coaches of the past decade. His teams all display the virtues that Babcock himself prescribes to: discipline, heart, strength of will, and sportsmanship. Beginning his coaching career at Red Deer College in Alberta in 1988, he has coached at the collegiate, WHL, AHL and NHL level, proving that hard work, determination and passion can lead anyone to their personal goals.
Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams
Mike Babcock is the only hockey coach in the history of the game to lead teams to victory in the Stanley Cup, the World Championship, and the Olympic Games. Currently head coach for the Detroit Red Wings, he is arguably the best coach in the game today. In this book, against the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian men's gold medal victory in Vancouver, Babcock provides an inspiring roadmap for achieving goals and fulfilling dreams. This is not just a book about hockey but a book about life, rooted in Babcock's "Leave No Doubt" credo. Written by Babcock and his longtime friend Rick Larsen, the credo hung on Team Canada's dressing-room wall during their historic run to Olympic gold. It provides a compelling framework for excelling in life. Illuminated by revealing stories about overcoming doubt, "owning pressure," and making a difference, "Leave No Doubt" is based on a firm belief in everyday commitment and a step by step approach to being "better than good enough." The words originally written for Canada's Olympic gold medal hockey team - leave no doubt, every day counts, our determination will define us - inspire an approach to succeeding in life that is relevant to people of all interests and ambitions. Athlete or not, each of us will find valuable guidance in this succinct primer from one of the most respected leaders in sports.