Honorary Degrees

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Name: Mike Babcock
Convocation date: June 2, 2016
Citation / biographical information:
Mike Babcock was named the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 30th head coach in team history on May 20, 2015.
Mr. Babcock previously spent 10 seasons as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, where he compiled a regular season record of 458-223-105 while becoming the franchise leader in games coached (786) and wins (458). Under his direction, the Red Wings won a Stanley Cup championship in 2008 and twice captured the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champion.
The Saskatoon native was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008, and was also honoured as the NHL’s Coach of the Decade (2000-09) by both the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.com.
Before he joined the Red Wings, Mr. Babcock spent two seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002-04), where he led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2003.
Prior to beginning his NHL career, Mr. Babcock served as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks for two seasons and head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs for six seasons. He was twice named WHL Coach of the Year (1996 and 2000) during his tenure with Spokane.
In 1993-94, Mr. Babcock led the Lethbridge Pronghorns to a CIS University Cup championship, earning recognition as the CIS Coach of the Year in his only season in the CIS. His coaching career also includes stints at Red Deer College and the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL.
Internationally, the 52-year-old has also represented Canada at several major competitions. He has led Team Canada to gold medals at the World Junior Championships (1997), the World Championships (2004) and the Olympics (2010 and 2014). Mr. Babcock is the only coach in the ‘Triple Gold Club,’ an exclusive group of individuals who have captured the three most prestigious championships in hockey (a World Championship, an Olympic Gold Medal and a Stanley Cup).
Last November, Mr. Babcock was selected to coach Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey taking place in Toronto this fall.
Away from the rink, Mr. Babcock is involved in several charitable causes. He is a faithful supporter of organizations focused on raising money for pediatric cancer research and is also a strong supporter of mental health awareness.
Mr. Babcock and his wife, Maureen, have three children, Allie, Michael and Taylor.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Carol Rodgers

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