McGill grad Babcock earns 500th NHL win

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McGill grad Mike Babcock has guided Canada to back-to-back Olympic gold medals while wearing a McGill necktie.

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DETROIT — Mike Babcock collected his 500th regular season coaching victory in the National Hockey League Saturday night, as his Detroit Red Wings rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the visiting New York Rangers 3-2.

For Babcock, the milestone was an individual accomplishment but also made history within the NHL coaching fraternity. With 895 games behind the bench, he is the second coach in NHL history to reach 500 wins in less than 900 games, trailing Scotty Bowman, who accomplished the feat in only 825 contests. Babcock’s 500th victory ties him with Toe Blake for 18th place in NHL history.

Babcock, who owns six championship rings, graduated from McGill University in 1986 with a bachelor of education, where he patrolled the blueline for the McGill Redmen from 1983 to 1986. The 50-year-old native of Saskatoon, Sask., also received an honorary doctorate from McGill in 2013.  He won gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, in addition to a Stanley Cup victory (2007), an IIHF world junior championship (1997), an IIHF world senior title (2004) and a CIS University Cup banner with Lethbridge (1994).

Last season, he led Detroit to their 23 consecutive Stanley Cup playoff berth, the longest active streak in North American professional sports. He was a two-time finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy — in 2008 and 2014 — which goes to the NHL coach of the year. His combined lifetime coaching record, at all levels, stands at 1,090-722-185 in 1,997 games overall, including playoffs.

SEE BABCOCK’S ACCEPTENCE SPEECH AFTER RECEIVING HON. DOCTORATE FROM McGILL

SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman
Sports Info Office
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Mike Babcock’s Career Coaching Record
(updated after games on Dec. 6, 2014)
REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Team League G W L T PCT G W L PCT
1988-89 Red Deer  CCAA 24 18 4 2 0.792 10 8 2 0.800
1989-90 Red Deer  CCAA 24 11 12 1 0.479 5 2 3 0.400
1990-91 Red Deer  CCAA 25 19 6 0 0.760 3 1 2 0.333
1991-92 Moose Jaw WHL 72 33 36 3 0.479 4 0 4 0.000
1992-93 Moose Jaw WHL 72 27 42 3 0.396 0 0 0 0.000
1993-94 Lethbridge CIAU 28 19 7 2 0.714 9 7 2 0.778
1994-95 Spokane WHL 72 32 36 4 0.472 11 6 5 0.545
1995-96 Spokane WHL 72 50 18 4 0.722 9 3 6 0.333
1996-97 Spokane WHL 65 31 30 4 0.508 9 4 5 0.444
1996-97 CANADA JR. IIHF 4 2 0 2 0.750 3 3 0 1.000
1997-98 Spokane WHL 72 45 23 4 0.653 18 10 8 0.556
1998-99 Spokane WHL 72 19 44 9 0.326 0 0 0 0.000
1999-00 Spokane WHL 72 47 21 4 0.681 20 15 5 0.750
2000-01 Cincinnati AHL 80 41 26 13 0.594 4 1 3 0.250
2001-02 Cincinnati AHL 80 33 33 14 0.500 3 1 2 0.333
2002-03 Anaheim NHL 82 40 33 9 0.543 21 15 6 0.714
2003-04 Anaheim NHL 82 29 43 10 0.415 0 0 0 0.000
2004 CANADA SR. IIHF 8 5 2 1 0.688 3 3 0 1.000
2004-05 Anaheim NHL (strike) 0.000 0.000
2005-06 Detroit NHL 82 58 16 8 0.756 6 2 4 0.333
2006-07 Detroit NHL 82 50 19 13 0.689 18 10 8 0.556
2007-08 Detroit NHL 82 54 21 7 0.701 22 16 6 0.727
2008-09 Detroit NHL 82 51 21 10 0.683 23 15 8 0.652
2008 CANADA SR. Olympics 3 2 1 0 0.667 4 4 0 1.000
2009-10 Detroit NHL 82 44 24 14 0.622 12 5 7 0.417
2010-11 Detroit NHL 82 47 25 10 0.634 11 7 4 0.636
2011-12 Detroit NHL 82 48 28 6 0.622 5 1 4 0.200
2012-13 Detroit NHL (strike) 48 24 16 8 0.583 13 7 6 0.538
2013-14 Detroit NHL 82 39 28 15 0.567 5 4 1 0.800
2014 CANADA SR. Olympics 3 3 0 0 1.000 3 3 0 1.000
2014-15 Detroit NHL 27 16 6 5 0.685
OVERALL CAREER TOTALS: 1743 937 621 185 0.591 254 153 101 0.602
NHL REG. SEASON CAREER TOTAL: 895 500 280 115 0.623 136 82 54 0.603
ALL GAMES (Reg. Season + Playoffs): 1997 1090 722 185 0.586 390 235 155 0.603

 

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