Today in Sports History: April 8

In 2014, Detroit Red Wings head coach, Mike Babcock, won his 414th career game. He became the winningest coach in Red Wings history, passing Jack Adams. 

Prior to coaching the Red Wings, Babcock coached Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in 2004 and won the gold medal. He became the first coach to lead Canada to a world title in juniors and professionals. 

As the head coach from 2005 until 2015, Babcock recorded 458 wins, 223 losses, and 0 ties. Throughout his 10 years as head coach, he won the Stanley Cup Championship once in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2009. 

In 2010, he led Canada to win the gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in overtime against the United States, 3-2. He became the only coach to join the Triple Gold Club since he had won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, and a World Championship. He led Canada again to win the gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, defeating Sweden, 6-0. 

In Babcock’s last year coaching for the Red Wings, he led them to their 24th consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and their 10th appearance within his 10 seasons coaching Detroit.

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