Mike Babcock may be on to a new team, but he clearly hasn’t forgotten about his old one.
The former Detroit Red Wings coach who won a Stanley Cup in 2008 and made the postseason in each of his 10 seasons in Detroit took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Detroit Free Press to thank the team’s fans.
“Detroit Red Wings fans,
Thank you for an amazing 10 years!
We’ll never forget the support you’ve provided us and will always cherish the memories we’ve shared together in Hockeytown.
– The Babcocks”
The ad features a portrait of Babcock and a photo of him hoisting the Stanley Cup around his family.
Babcock left the Red Wings this week to sign an 8-year, $50-million deal to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs.
That leaves the Red Wings looking for a new coach for the first time since 2005 – though they may not have to search for long.
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