Babcock To Attend Memorial Cup In Windsor
Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock is coming to Windsor for the Memorial Cup.
Babcock made the comments in his end of season press conference after the Leafs were knocked out of the playoffs by the Washington Capitals.
He laid out his summer plans and they include a lot of hockey.
"To be honest with ya, I'm going to enjoy the summer the best I can. I'm going to go to the World Championships right away, there's a few players there that we've identified that I want to see, I'm going to do that and then obviously the Memorial Cup is in Windsor, I'll get a chance to do that — whatever hockey opportunity we have I'll be at," says Babcock.
Babcock says his coaching staff did a good job getting a group of young players for the NHL season, including Windsor-native and former Spitfire DJ Smith.
"I think the guys do a good job. I think Steve Briere he's done a real good job ... and then DJ [Smith] with our defence and our penalty kill."
Babcock will look to his coaching staff to help the squad reach another level next season and find more consistency.
"The coaching staff has to do their part without any question," says Babcock. "The management team does, everybody has to do their part — players do. I think the guys did a good job. We enjoy the players a lot here, we push them hard and we'll continue to do that."
The 99th Memorial Cup being hosted in Windsor is set for May 18 to 28.
The Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the Capitals in Game 6 of the best of seven series.
12th Annual New Year's Eve-ning