According to multiple media reports, Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings will officially be named Canada's head coach for the Winter Games on Monday.
Joining him on the coaching staff will be St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, Dallas Stars bench boss Lindy Ruff and Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins, the reports say.
Babcock, Hitchcock and Ruff were behind Canada's 2010 Olympic gold-medal winning squad in Vancouver (a 3-2 overtime win over the United States). The 50-year-old Babcock is the only coach with a Stanley Cup win, an IIHF world championship and an Olympic gold medal on his resume.
The news comes just days after the National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players' Association, International Ice Hockey Federation, and International Olympic Committee ratified a deal that allows NHL players to participate in the 2014 Olympics after months of negotiations.
The NHL unveiled its official 2013-14 schedule and new division names on Friday, which includes a two-week break from Feb. 9-25 for the Winter Games. The NHL's newly realigned divisions will be called the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific.
CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada also released its schedule, which begins with an opening-night doubleheader involving four Canadian teams. Toronto visits Montreal (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET) followed by Edmonton hosting Winnipeg (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET).
The men’s Olympic hockey tournament starts Feb. 12, with games shown live on CBC Television and CBCSports.ca and about 170 NHL players participating.
Canada opens its schedule Feb. 13 at noon ET against Norway, which, along with Finland and Austria, comprises the Canucks' division for the tournament in Russia.Suggest a correction