CALGARY, Alberta — Mike Babcock will return as coach of Canada’s Olympic hockey team.
The Detroit Red Wings coach will have the St. Louis Blues’ Ken Hitchcock, Dallas Stars’ Lindy Ruff and Boston Bruins’ Claude Julien as assistants at next year’s Sochi Games, Hockey Canada announced Monday.
Julien is the only newcomer to the staff that led Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He replaces Jacques Lemaire.
Babcock coached the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and also led Canada to gold at the world championships in 2004. He was behind the bench as Canada defeated the United States in overtime to win gold in Vancouver.
Now that NHL players are officially participating in Russia, the national federations can move forward with preparations. Hockey Canada also announced the list of 47 players invited to a summer orientation camp Aug. 25-28 in Calgary. The camp begins the process of selecting the 25 players who will make the Olympic team. Canada opens the games Feb. 13 against Norway.
Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews are among 15 invitees who helped Canada win gold in Vancouver. Newcomers include defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and P.K. Subban and forwards Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall and John Tavares.
Notable players not invited include 41-year-old goalie Martin Brodeur and forward Jarome Iginla.