Fresh off guiding Canada to victory at the World Cup of Hockey, Saskatoon’s own Mike Babcock is set to coach an NHL roster in his hometown for the first time.
Babcock’s Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night in an exhibition game at SaskTel Centre.
With both teams expected to put several starters on the ice, the seasoned coach told the Brent Loucks Show he’s looking forward to getting his young team tuned-up ahead of the regular season.
“We’re a lot younger. We’re probably too young to be in the league, but that’s all part of it, too and we’re going in the right direction so that’s really positive. I think it’s an exciting time for the people in Toronto,” he said.
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Babcock said whether he’s coaching, or just visiting the home he keeps at Emma Lake, it’s always emotional to return to Saskatchewan.
“I spend a ton of time in Saskatchewan. I have lots of people here I know, so it’s a thrill. And to me, any time I come back here, to be honest with you, I think about my folks,” he said.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at SaskTel Centre.