Babcock shows his alma maters: To drop puck at McGill on Friday, sign books on Saturday
MONTREAL -- Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and the Canadian Olympic team, is taking advantage of the NHL lockout to visit his alma mater during Homecoming Week.
Babcock, who patrolled the blueline for the McGill Redmen from 1983 to 1987, will be performing the ceremonial faceoff prior to Friday night's Ottawa-McGill men's hockey game at McConnell Arena and will witness the pre-game banner-raising ceremony at 7 p.m., commemorating the first-ever CIS national championship won by the Redmen last spring.
On Saturday, he is expected to be on hand for a Friends of McGill Hockey oldtimers game at McConnell Arena (3 p.m.,), followed by a visit to the McGill Bookstore from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm, for a public signing of his book Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams.
Officials from the Bookstore will be presenting a donation to the McGill hockey team with proceeds from the Mike Babcock Signature Tie that went viral after he guided Canada to gold at the Vancouver Olympics.
On Saturday evening, the physical education graduate will be the keynote speaker at the Omni Hotel for the centennial celebration gala of the department of kinesiology and physical education.
Tickets to the hockey game on Friday are available at the door. Adults are 410, while students and seniors are $5. Children 12-and-under are admitted free. The Saturday book signing is free and open to the public. It will be held on the third floor of the McGill Bookstore for a rare chance to meet Babcock and have his book signed.