Babcock finds alternate route
With ice no dice, Team Canada coach leads profitable practice
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.”