Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus - Babcock headed to Toronto
By Tim Cornett
To quote New York Sun newsman Francis Pharcellus Church; “Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Jolly old St. Nick brought Mike Babcock from Hockeytown to the real centre of the hockey universe.
Windsor - May 20, 2015 - To quote New York Sun newsman Francis Pharcellus Church; “Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
Christmas came early to the Air Canada Centre Wednesday. Santa Claus did indeed pay a visit with his bag of toys, and when he reached into it he pulled out what all the boys and girls in Leafs Nation have been wishing for - a new head coach. And not just any coach. Jolly old St. Nick brought Mike Babcock from Hockeytown to the real centre of the hockey universe.
Babcock comes to Toronto after a very successful ten year run with the Detroit Red Wings, and all he brings with him are a Stanley Cup, four gold medals, and ten consecutive years of playoff hockey. He guided the Wings to the cup final four times, winning the big prize in 2008. The only losing season he had as a head coach was his second with Anaheim. This guy is a proven winner, and has the ability to get the most out his players. He is a master of line juggling and match-ups, and he inherits a team that has plenty of talent, but sorely lacks cohesiveness. That will change, because Babcock has shown year after year, that he can get his troops to buy in.
Mike Babcock - head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It has a nice ring to it.
Tim Cornett is a lifelong resident of Windsor and a diehard fan of the Windsor Spitfires, Toronto Maple Leafs, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Pittsburgh Steelers, and just to be different, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles - ('hey, if my father-in-law can have two favourite hockey teams, I can have two favourite baseball teams!') Tim is a photographer by profession, with a love of writing. 'Whatnot' pays homage to his late father Jim's long running Windsor Star column 'Who, When and Whatnot.' If you have questions or wish to contact the biggest Doobie Brothers fan in Essex County, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org