"Report: Babcock will coach Team Canada"
According to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail Tuesday, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will be named head coach of the 2010 Canadian Olympic men's hockey team in Montreal Thursday.
According to the Globe and Mail report, Hockey Canada has been secretive about who would coach Team Canada at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Steve Yzerman, the executive director of Canada's Olympic team, who knows Babcock very well from their time with the Red Wings, is expected to make the announcement Thursday as the hockey world gathers in Montreal for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
This announcement doesn't change the fact that we were already gay for the upcoming Olympics anyway. But the '10 Winter Games and the '10 Red Wings season just got a bit more interesting.
Think about this. Babcock is already occupying the premier coaching position in the NHL, and thusly, is under more pressure to win than any other coach in the League. Now he'll be under more pressure to win than any other hockey coach at the Olympics, leading team Canada their own country. That's an unfathomable amount of stress.
Oh, and that doesn't even acknowledge the fact that like 9/10 of the Wings will be Olympians, or that a number of Canadians are some of our favorite villains. It's impossible to imagine how one would handle this. Gameplanning against a Zetterberg line? Line-matching with Crosby, Getzlaf, Iginla and Pronger? How weird is that?
With Babcock at the helm, perhaps we won't cheer for an outright embarrasment of Team Canada. But the Pointless Rankings of our rooting interest probably goes something like:
1. United States
Langenbrunner! Stastny! USA!
Looking forward to Zetterberg vs. Crosby III.
Ideally we'd liveblog a Finland game where all of the Fil-lovers can unite and talk about his hair.
Hossa. Marcel Hossa.
Plenty of likeable players (unless you don't like them, of course).
6. Czech Republic
Jiri reunites with Robert Lang.
Ok, so nothing really changed.