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Mike Babcock discusses possibility of returning as Canada Olympic coach

Mike Babcock

during the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal match on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Martin Rose

Two-time Canadian Olympic hockey coach Mike Babcock said another deserving candidate should replace him in 2018, but he didn’t rule out returning for a run at a golden threepeat.

“That’s a real good question that you can ask me again in three years,” said the Detroit Red Wings coach, according to CBC. “I don’t have a clue at this point. I still perceive myself as a young guy. I plan on coaching for a while yet. We’ll see what happens.

“There are great, great coaches in Canada. If someone else deserves the opportunity, they should get it. If I’m still in the running at that time, we’ll see. Only time will tell.”

Babcock took over as Olympic coach from Pat Quinn, who was at the helm in 2002 and 2006. The last three-time Canadian Olympic hockey coach was Dave King in 1984, ’88 and ’92.

An interesting candidate could be first-year Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy, the starting goalie for Canada at the 1998 Olympics. The Avs are in second place in the Western Conference’s Central Division.

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