Babcock coaching tree seeded by opportunities

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McGill sports administrator Geoffrey Phillips (second on the right), assists Red Wings coach Mike Babcock with the ceremonial faceoff, along with captain Pierre-Luc Blain of the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Patrick Belzile, co-captain of the Redmen

McGill sports administrator Geoffrey Phillips (second on the right), assists Red Wings coach Mike Babcock with the ceremonial faceoff, along with captain Pierre-Luc Blain of the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Patrick Belzile, co-captain of the Redmen

DETROIT, Mich. — Bill Peters didn’t know what to think when he saw Mike Babcock frenetically walking toward his table at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Peters, named coach of the Carolina Hurricanes eight days before, worked the three previous seasons on Babcock’s staff with the Detroit Red Wings.
“He came over and said, ‘Come here for a minute,'” Peters said. “I didn’t know what was going on, but he was moving around like he was in a house on fire.”

Peters knew better than to stay put. When coach summons you, you respond. Something meaningful is likely happening.

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