Mike Babcock, 52, currently is the highest paid coach in the league history. This year, Babcock signed an 8-year contract with the Leafs. According to the deal, Mike will receive $50 million, or in average $6,25 million per each season.
Before coaching the Toronto team, Babcock worked as the Red Wings’ head coach for ten seasons.
Team Canada earned Olympics gold medals twice, in 2010 in Vancouver, and in 2014 in Sochi. Both times Mike Babcock was Canada’s head trainer.
When Mike Babcock was Canada’s head coach, the team also got the gold medals at two international tournaments―the World Juniors Championships in 1997, and the 2004 IIHF World Hockey Championships.
Moreover, Mike is the second Maple Leafs’ coach to be named Team Canada’s major coach for the World Cup. His precursor was Pat Quinn, who guided Canadian ice hockey team to the gold medal at the 2004 World Cup.