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Former NHL Player Exposes Coach Mike Babcock’s Dark Side: A ‘Bully’ and ‘Scumbag’

In the NHL, Mike Babcock has developed quite a reputation. Some of his players don’t respond well to his antiquated coaching approach.

A former NHL player spoke out about the coach after the most recent speculations about his job in Columbus surfaced.

Mike Comrie was frank on the Clear the Crease Podcast.

“Morning, folks. I was going to leave this alone because frankly, I’m sick and tired of seeing Mike Babcock’s name in all my feeds, but here we are. Mike Babcock, head coach, back in the NHL. Babs the bully gets another chance. Am I disappointed? Yes, I am disappointed. Am I surprised? No, I’m not. His whole retirement thing was a load of horseshit right off the bat.”

“I’m sure he walked into the Columbus office and told the brass whatever they wanted to hear. ‘Oh, I’ve changed,’ blah blah blah, which is another load of horseshit. Babs the bully ain’t changing. Scumbags like that don’t change. With all due respect to my buddies within the Blue Jackets organization, I hope this Babcock experiment is a complete disaster on every single level.”

He wanted the world to know that he doesn’t like the coach, which is obvious.

He’s made a valid point. Can someone really alter that much? In the Blue Jackets’ locker room, his fashion sense won’t be tolerated. Given how John Tortorella’s tenure ended, it appears that the club doesn’t respond well to traditional coaching methods.

Do you believe he would fit in well in Columbus?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: and let's talk some hockey!
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