Last summer we were graced with the forging of powers that was The Avengers. In 2014 during the Sochi Olympics, Team Canada is putting together their best team of Avengers to try and bring home hockey gold and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that team will be headed up by Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.
I reported this a few months ago on TSN but coaching staff for Team Canada in Sochi will be: Babcock as head coach / Hitch, Julien and Ruff
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 8, 2013
As LeBrun mentions, Babcock will have his ace team of Avengers with him as top notch names like St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and Stanley Cup bound Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins will be joining Babcock’s staff in Sochi.
Last time Babcock was head coach of Tam Canada was in 2010 when they battled Team USA to take home the gold medal in Vancouver. But while Babcock and his elite staff have committed to coaching Team Canada next winter, there is still the matter of the players to iron out. There has still been no official decision that will allow the season to hold in order to allow players to travel to Sochi and compete for their national teams.
It’s expected that the NHL and NHLPA will see eye-to-eye enough to allow players to once again compete in the Olympic Games and if that indeed happens it’s going to be tough to match up against Team Canada. The players that lead the 2010 team to Olympic gold are older, wiser and much better than they were back in 2010 which means betting against the Canadians will be hard to do.