Bab­cock finds al­ter­nate route

With ice no dice, Team Canada coach leads prof­itable prac­tice

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - HOCKEY - By Gary Law­less

CALGARY — Day 2 at Team Canada’s Olympic ori­en­ta­tion camp fea­tured head coach Mike Bab­cock putting his play­ers through a sneak­ers and shorts ball hockey prac­tice.

Team Canada elected not to skate due to the high ex­pense of in­sur­ing its play­ers, but Bab­cock found a way to get his work done.

“I thought it was a real good day for us. Ob­vi­ously I have never done this be­fore. We’ve put a lot of plan­ning into it. I spent a lot of time talk­ing to peo­ple to gather the in­for­ma­tion, Tom Izzo in par­tic­u­lar with Michi­gan State bas­ket­ball. He talks about the walk-throughs and (they are) part of the rea­son that he be­lieves they’ve been to six Fi­nal Fours in the last 15 years,” said Bab­cock. “This is a big sheet (of ice), and guys aren’t used to it. It’s even big­ger when you can’t move very fast, and you couldn’t go very fast to­day. But I thought it was a good teach­ing tool.” takes prece­dence.

Sharks team­mate Dan Boyle agreed.

“Our wives are best friends,” said Boyle. “He made the right de­ci­sion, you got to stay home. Fam­ily is the most im­por­tant thing.”

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