Saskatoon honours Olympic hockey coach Babcock
Hockey coach Mike Babcock, who led Canada's men's team to Olympic gold in Vancouver, will be honoured by his hometown of Saskatoon this summer when the city names a day after him.
July 17 will soon be known as Mike Babcock Day for the Children's Hospital Foundation.
"Mike is a hometown guy and he never forgets Saskatoon," said Deedee Maltman, event organizer. "With each accomplishment he comes back to celebrate, and this was such a natural fit for him … because his charity of choice is children's health."
Maltman said the event will highlight Babcock's achievements and all proceeds will go to the Children's Hospital Foundation.
Babcock, who currently coaches the Detroit Red Wings, is the only coach in hockey history to have won Olympic gold, a world championship and a Stanley Cup.
His father, Mike Babcock Sr., said his son has always wanted to share his accomplishments with others.
"It wouldn't be happening if it was for Mike Babcock only," he said. "Because it's for the Children's Wish Foundation that's why it's happening. Because when Mike brought the Cup to Saskatoon and they were at River Landing, all those donations and the private party Mike threw at a farm for 250 people, all that money went to Children's Hospital Foundation."
Hockey fans will have several chances to meet Babcock throughout the day, which will feature a panel discussion about hockey, a lunch and a chance to skate with the accomplished coach.
Tickets for the event will go on sale in late April.