Mike Babcock

Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach | Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal Winner

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Mike Babcock | Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach | Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Mike Babcock is the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the former head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, and the head coach of Canada’s gold medal-winning men’s Olympic hockey team. One of the most successful coaches in professional hockey history, he is the only coach ever to win an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanley Cup, and a World Championship Title. As a speaker, Babcock shares lessons on leadership, teamwork, and determination like only a coach of his caliber can.

Leave No Doubt is truly an inspirational read. [Babcock’s] views on life, on commitment, on hard work, apply to everybody.”

— 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. In spring 2015, it was announced that Babcock would be the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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 has written a book about his experiences. Leave No Doubt: A Credo For Chasing Your Dreams has been applauded by sports fans and professionals alike for its encouraging messages of vision, teamwork, destiny and effort. He’s also an active mental health ambassador, using his Babsocks project to raise money to support the mental health of young athletes and de-stigmatize mental illness in the sports community.   

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.