Former NHL coach Mike Babcock, fired by Maple Leafs in November, joins Vermont staff as volunteer

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Mike Babcock, fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this season, has been named a volunteer advisor for the University of Vermont men’s hockey team.Catamounts coach Todd Woodcroft, who has worked with Babcock staff, had a unique opportunity to add the eighth NHL-winning coach to his schedule. Babcock, 57, one of the most marketable names in the NHL’s off-season coaching market, has coached 17 seasons in the league, along with Anaheim, Detroit and Toronto. He led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003 and won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.

He also coached Team Canada, winning gold in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi.

“He is a leading coach on any sport platform and as a coaching staff we are very fortunate to be able to benefit from his experiences,” said Woodcroft. “Mike’s knowledge, his network and most of all, the modern lens he uses to watch hockey, will help accelerate the progress of our entire program. ”

Babcock was replaced in Toronto on November 20 by Sheldon Keefe. The Maple Leafs rocked a slow start to finish with 81 points this season, good for third place in the Atlantic Division behind Tampa Bay and Boston.

The Maple Leafs meet the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Stanley Cup qualifying series, which kicks off Sunday night in Toronto.

Vermont, a member of the Hockey East Conference, was 2-18-4 when the 2019-20 season was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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