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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (52) / 4/29/1963
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Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Toronto's performance in Saturday's loss to Ottawa was "unnacceptable".
The Leafs were embarrassed 6-1 on Saturday night and coach Babcock wasn't thrilled. "We’re in a building here, there was tons of Toronto fans, they paid to watch us play and they didn’t get to see us play," Babcock said. "I don’t mind taking some credit when things go good, so you might as well own this. This is unacceptable. We have not had many efforts (like it)." Feb 7 - 11:44 AM
Source: Toronto Sun

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Mike Babcock coached in 1,000th game Thursday night.

The Maple Leafs came back to a post a 3-2 win over New Jersey in a shootout. "It's nice to win," said Babcock. "If you look at both teams tonight, it didn’t look like anyone was going to score. It was a clawfest. Most of the games we play are usually pretty tight." He has a career record of 546-307-19-128.
Feb 5 - 9:06 AM

Toronto's scoring funk continued Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

The Maple Leafs have posted a 1-7-2 record in the past 10 games and they have scored just 11 goals during that span. "We will enjoy the break and get energized and get back at it," coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we competed hard, but in the end you like to leave the building feeling good because you finished. We did not do that."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 28 - 9:19 AM

Mike Babcock wasn't pleased with his team's effort in the first period of Saturday's loss to the Canadiens.

Toronto found themselves down 2-0 after 20 minutes, but they did manage to come back, tie the game and force a shootout. "I thought we were poor," coach Mike Babcock said. "We gave them (Friday) off (after originally scheduling a practice at the MasterCard Centre). We won’t be doing that again. We weren’t ready to go and we did not compete hard. Our best line in the first period was (Byron) Froese’s line by a mile. (Rich) Clune was our best player. We got going, we battled our way back into the game and were in a good spot. Reims gave us a chance in the shootout … I thought we battled back for sure, gave ourselves a chance." The Leafs had just three shots on goal in the first period.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 24 - 10:03 AM

Mike Babcock expects his team to generate more 5-on-5 scoring opportunities.

"I don’t think we’ve created nearly enough 5-on-5 like we had been doing," Babcock said. "We need to generate more." The Leafs scored just one goal in two games over the weekend, as they defeated Carolina 2-1 in a shootout on Friday and lost 2-0 to Boston on Saturday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 09:46:00 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a three-game winning streak for the first time under new head coach Mike Babcock.

The Leafs have beaten some good teams in the process. They picked up road wins against the Stars and Predators before beating Vancouver at the ACC on Saturday night. The probably won't be able to keep this up, as they are pretty limited in terms of talent.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 12:11:00 PM

Despite the high number of losses this season, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock believes his team has been playing well as of late.

The Leafs let a 2-1 lead slip away against the Capitals on Saturday night and eventually lost the game in the shootout. "I think we’ve been playing fairly well lately," Babcock said. "Every group is totally different. Our guys are understanding what’s asked of them. They understand the compete (level) we expect. We haven’t come out on the winning side enough, which is obvious to everybody. I’m not too worried about that part. I ‘m more worried about the process and the compete and the structure. In the end, the plan is to have the puck all the time. That’s when the game’s fun. We just have to continue to get better."
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Mike Babcock is looking forward to representing Canada once again, this time as the head coach for the 2016 World Cup.

"I thought a lot about whether it was '97 for the World Juniors or '04 for the World Championships or '10 or '14 for the Olympics, it's always been a thrill," Babcock said. His history of success made him an obvious choice for this job. He led the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship and has previously won gold in the World Juniors, Championships, and the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 06:40:00 PM

Mike Babcock said he's disappointed in himself after Toronto's 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh.

"Obviously, I’m disappointed in myself. I’m the coach," said Babcock. "I’m supposed to be in charge and be steady on the rudder and give them guidance. To me, we didn’t look like anything we practice or anything we’re trying to do so tonight was disappointing to me." The Leafs managed to win just one game in the month of October.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:16:00 PM

Michael Friisdahl has been selected as to serve as Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's new CEO and president.

Friisdahl will be assuming that role from Tim Leiweke in December. Friisdahl was previously the CEO and president of Air Canada’s Leisure Group. "It is a true privilege to be chosen to lead MLSE, a proudly Canadian sports and entertainment company that rivals any in North America and indeed the world. As a Torontonian, I’m thrilled by the opportunity to focus all of our resources on supporting the Leafs, Raptors, TFC, Marlies and Raptors 905, and making Toronto the championship city that our fans deserve," Friisdahl said.
Source: MLSE.com
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Mike Babcock said his defense ran out of gas in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh.

The Leafs were a goal down for most of the game, but they were unable to draw even and it cost them. "We did a lot of good things, but we ran out of energy in the third," Babcock said. "We weren’t giving up much, but our defence ran out of gas." Toronto is just starting a painful rebuild so expect them to "run out of gas" several more times this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:35:00 AM

The Red Wings plan to acknowledge Toronto coach Mike Babcock Friday night.

Detroit will host Toronto in its first game of the 2015-16 season. Babcock coached the Wings for 10 seasons and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2008. Babcock and the Maple Leafs lost to Montreal on Wednesday night, but the team worked hard and showed that they are buying into their new coach's game plan.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 08:54:00 AM

Mike Babcock thought his players looked tired in their 1-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

"It looked like the coaching staff has skated these guys into the ground," Babcock said. "It looked like you could only get so much blood from a stone. They were honest with their effort, but I don’t think we could move. A year from now (when they’re used to him) they’d be able to handle it." The Leafs were a long-shot to make the postseason anyway, but it's a little odd that they'd be tired after just two weeks of training camp. It does appear as though Babcock is getting them into shape. The team will not hit the ice on Sunday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:38:00 AM

Coach Mike Babcock has been experimenting with using four forwards on the power play at training camp.

Babcock used a similar set-up to great success in Detroit. He and assistant coach Jim Hiller will look to improve Toronto's 26th overall power play after they turned around the Red Wings last season and helped the team finish with the second-best efficiency rating.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 10:31:00 AM

Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said he wants his team to kick Mike Babcock's butt when Detroit takes on Toronto.

"We want to kick his butt," said Ken Holland. "When you work with someone for 10 years and you’re in a business that is really competitive, you create a bond with each other," Holland explained. "We won a Stanley Cup together. We were on a staff with the Canadian Olympic team that won two gold medals together. When you are at the Vancouver Games and you’ve just lost to the U.S. and your preparing to play Germany and you are joining in with Mike and Steve Yzerman and the rest of the staff to find a way to dig in and get the job done ... that’s how you build relationships that last for the rest of your life."
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 11:41:00 AM

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