Mike Babcock Reveals What He Learned From His Time In Toronto

Published August 3, 2023 at 11:58

Mike Babcock's time in Toronto was difficult on everyone involved. It ended with him being fired after accusations of mistreatment of players most notably a rookie Mitch Marner in 2016-17.

Babcock Admits He Had His Faults

In a recent interview, Babcock went into his time with the Leafs and where he felt things went wrong:

He talks about how he loved his time in Toronto and appreciates what they were able to build. Commends the fans for being some of the best fans in the world.

He also mentions that he did not like how he was talked about when he left. But he does take responsibility for doing things wrong in his tenure.

Do I like how I was talked about after I left? No, Babcock told The FAN Morning Show on Thursday. Do I think I did anything wrong? Absolutely

Babcock Talks About His Time Off

After being fired from the Leafs in 2019 Babcock has been out of the NHL until recently being hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He talked about what he was able to learn in his time away from the league.

You're trying to be a better coach, trying to be a better person,» he said. «To me, the last three-and-a-half years have been a gift from God. And what I mean by that is, (for) my wife and I and my family, we found so much joy in doing the things you love to do. And when you're in the rat race like I was for a long, long time, I think sometimes you're just spinning so fast. You enjoy that time to breathe a little bit and then you can get outside your body and have a look at who you are and say, ‘Hey, these are things I've got to improve.

Babcock will look to guide the young Columbus Blue Jackets back to a playoff spot for the first time since 2020. He will have a talented group to do so led by Johnny Gaudreau, Zach Werenski, and 2023 third overall pick Adam Fantilli.

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Mike Babcock Reveals What He Learned From His Time In Toronto

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