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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (52) / 4/29/1963

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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. Nov 22 - 9:46 AM
Source: Toronto Sun

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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
Nov 15 - 12:11 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."
Nov 8 - 11:20 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.
Nov 5 - 6:40 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
Nov 1 - 1:16 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.
Oct 29 - 10:40 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
Oct 18 - 11:35 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.
Oct 9 - 8:54 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
Sep 27 - 11:38 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.
Sep 24 - 10:31 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
Sep 20 - 11:41 AM

Mike Babcock knows that whatever he's accomplished in the past doesn't matter anymore.

Babcock will begin a new challenge as the head coach of the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs. "When I took the job with the Leafs, what I did in the past doesn't matter," Babcock said. "It mattered in terms of me getting the job, but now it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is what we do from here on in. I'm responsible. Lou's responsible. [Shanahan is] responsible. Those are the people who are responsible. That's it. Now let's get this thing going in a way we can all be proud of." The Leafs have some good young pieces in their farm system but they are still a few years away from becoming a playoff team year in and year out.
Sep 6 - 6:18 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Jacques Lemaire as a special assignment coach.

Lemaire has been with the New Jersey Devils for the past six seasons as a head coach (2009-10, 2010-11) and most recently as a special assignment coach. He has been reunited with GM Lou Lou Lamoriello in Toronto. "Obviously Jacques Lemaire has a wealth of experience. We had a great relationship from the 2010 Olympics and I've asked him to join our staff to help me and the rest of our coaches within the entire organization be the best they can be," said Leafs head coach Mike Babcock.
Aug 14 - 10:27 AM

Steve Briere has been brought on to serve as the Toronto Maple Leafs' new bench boss.

Briere is the head instructor as well as owner of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools. He's also served as the goalie coach for junior teams and is a former goalie that served in the NCAA, minors, and Europe. In addition, Toronto named Ari Vuori as the Director of European Scouting.
Jul 20 - 12:08 PM

Mike Babcock is set on changing the Toronto Maple Leafs for the better.

The Leafs paid a high price to sign Babcock, but one thing is for sure, there won't be the same amount of drama surrounding the team this year. "Anything (negative) that’s been going on, it’s going to be cleaned up," Babcock said. "I told them straightforward, the No. 1 characteristic of being a Leaf is a good person, period. You don’t fit that, you’re not going to be here.We’re going to look after each other and make this a safe place to play and to play hard. You can count on that. Right now, we’re not going to be the most talented group and I have no problem with that. But we’re going to walk with our heads held high. We’ll train that way, practise that way, eat that way, sleep that way. We’re going to be Maple Leafs."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 28 - 12:02 PM

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