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Mitch Marner Opens Up on Mike Babcock Controversy


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Julien Trekker
September 21, 2023  (10:10)
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Recent Spotlight on Mike Babcock: Implications for Marner


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The recent controversy surrounding Mike Babcock that claims of him allegedly violating players' privacy by inspecting their phones caused a major shockwave in the NHL. Amidst all this, former player Mitch Marner has been pushed under the spotlight, with the media keen to get insights from his past interactions with Babcock.
During Babcock's prior NHL coaching tenure, which ended in controversy, accusations of improper treatment towards players emerged. Marner's relationship with Babcock, spanning from 2016 to 2020, had its fair share of ups and downs. A particular episode that gained attention was when Babcock asked Marner to rank teammates by their work ethic, a list that was subsequently shared with the team. This event became one of the contributing factors to Babcock's exit from the club.
"Whatever happened, happened."

-#Leafsforever Marner re his history with Mike Babcock. Understandably did not want to elaborate.

Mitch Marner recently discussed these allegations and his history with Babcock. Emphasizing his focus on what lies ahead, Marner aims to move beyond the challenges faced under Babcock's direction.
"It's all in the past."

Mitch Marner on his time with Mike Babcock, choosing to remain reserved about the details.

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Mitch Marner, asked if Mike Babcock ever asked him for his phone:

"I don't really want to comment on that too much. Whatever happened, happened...He's not with our team anymore. My focus is not on any other team or any other person."

What's Next for the Toronto Maple Leafs Amidst the Controversy?

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Leaving the Babcock chapter behind, the Toronto Maple Leafs are gearing up for the 2023-24 season. With new leadership steering the ship, the dynamics within the team may evolve. Although Sheldon Keefe continues to lead, potential changes in the lineup promise to bring a fresh perspective to their style of play.
Mitch Marner is especially keen on building from his achievements last season. With a record of 99 points in 80 matches, including 30 goals in 2022-23, reaching the 100-point mark will clearly be his goal.
As seen on Hockey Patrol - "Marner Answers Media Questions in Regards to Mike Babcock's Phone Allegations"
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