It didn’t take Mike Babcock long to switch hats and go from head coach of Team Canada to head coach of the Detroit Red Wings after capturing his second Olympic Gold Medal in Sochi on Sunday.
According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, during his joint press conference following Canada’s gold-medal-wining game with Steve “in it to win it” Yzerman, Babcock was asked about returning to Detroit and more specifically about the Red Wings trying to make a consecutive 23rd post-season appearance.
And you have to admire his answer.
If I learned anything from The Shawshank Redemption it is that “hope is a dangerous thing”. I’d be lying if I said that I felt completely confident in the Red Wings making the post-season this year, but when I read quotes like this from our fearless leader I begin to forget about Zetterberg being sidelined for the rest of the regular season and start to hear the intro to “Don’t Stop Believing” in my head.
Can you hear it too?
The Olympics are over and now we can all get back to watching hockey at normal times of the day like civilized human beings, or at least as civil as hockey fans can be. Congratulations to Coach Babcock and all of our favorite Swedish players that took home medals in Sochi this year, but now it’s back to Detroit and back to business for everybody involved. Buckle up and cross your fingers because the march to the playoffs is about to begin.
And if you got the Kid Rock/Yzerman reference give yourself a pat on the back.