Mike Babcock, l’ancien entraîneur des Leafs, serait actuellement sous enquête par l’AJLNH.


L’ancien entraîneur des Leafs, Mike Babcock, fait l’objet d’une enquête de la NHLPA

Mike Babcock est apparemment sur la sellette. Selon une révélation de Paul Bissonnette, ancien joueur de la LNH, dans le podcast Spittin’ Chiclets, Babcock, qui est maintenant entraîneur des Columbus Blue Jackets, aurait demandé à certains joueurs des Jackets de voir les photos sur leur téléphone personnel. Cette allégation a immédiatement attiré l’attention de la NHLPA, qui a décidé de mener une enquête.

Babcock a réagi en se défendant, affirmant dans une déclaration de l’équipe de hockey de la LNH : « Lors de mes rencontres avec nos joueurs et notre personnel, j’ai demandé à partager, en dehors de leurs téléphones, des photos de famille dans le cadre du processus de mieux les connaître. Il n’y avait absolument rien de plus que cela. »

Cependant, Bissonnette a décrit la situation différemment sur le podcast : « Je reçois un texto d’un joueur, » a-t-il dit. « Il me dit : ‘As-tu entendu ce que Babcock a encore fait ?’ Et je lui réponds : ‘Non’. »
Il poursuit : « Donc, il arrive à Columbus et l’une des premières choses qu’il fait, c’est d’appeler Boone Jenner, le capitaine de l’équipe, et il lui dit : ‘Montre-moi les photos sur ton téléphone. Je veux connaître le genre de personne que tu es.’ Qu’est-ce qui se passe ? »

Il semblerait donc que les faits soient à interpréter différemment selon les différentes parties concernées. Les joueurs des Jackets, notamment Boone Jenner, ont également tenu à donner leur version des faits pour défendre Babcock. Selon Jenner, les demandes de Babcock étaient tout à fait normales et faisaient partie du processus de création d’une relation de confiance entre l’entraîneur et les joueurs.

Il reste à voir comment cette affaire se terminera et si Babcock devra faire face à des conséquences pour ses actions. Ce n’est pas la première fois que Babcock est sous le feu des projecteurs pour ses méthodes d’entraînement, mais cette fois-ci, l’enquête de la NHLPA pourrait avoir des conséquences plus graves.

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Mike Babcock went into defence mode on Tuesday.

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After it was alleged by former NHLer Paul Bissonnette on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast that Babcock, now coaching the Columbus Blue Jackets, had been asking Jackets players to see the photos on their personal phones, Babcock was quoted in a statement released by the National Hockey League team.

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“While meeting with our players and staff I asked them to share, off their phones, family pictures as part of the process of getting to know them better,” Babcock said. “There was absolutely nothing more to it than that.

“The way this has been portrayed on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast was a gross misrepresentation of those meetings and extremely offensive. 

“These meetings have been very important and beneficial, not only for me but for our players and staff as well, and to have them depicted like this is irresponsible and completely inaccurate.”

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This was how Bissonnette discussed it on the podcast.

“I get a text from a player,” Bissonnette said. “He goes, ‘Have you heard what Babcock is up to again?’ And I’m like, ‘No.’

“So, he gets to Columbus and one of the first things he does is he calls in Boone Jenner, the captain of the team, and he says, ‘Let me see the photos on your phone. I want to know the type of person you are.’

“What the (bleep) is going on?”

Bissonnette then said he wanted to get Babcock on the podcast to “grill him about his antics as a head coach.”

The Jackets also released a quote from Jenner.

“While meeting with Babs he asked me about my family and where I’m from, my upcoming wedding and hockey-related stuff,” Jenner said. “He then asked if I had any pictures of my family and I was happy to share some with him. He showed me pictures of his family.

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“I thought it was a great first meeting and good way for us to start to build a relationship. To have this blown out of proportion is truly disappointing.”

It also was reported that the NHL Players’ Association was looking into the allegation. 

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Babcock officially was hired by the Jackets on July 1, marking his return to the NHL after he was fired by the Maple Leafs in November 2019. 

After he was let go in Toronto, numerous stories were reported regarding Babcock’s shabby treatment of players, including in the Toronto Sun involving Mitch Marner, during his various tenures as an NHL coach. 

For all of the hype that came with Babcock’s hiring in Toronto in 2015, he failed rather astonishingly with the Leafs, gone just 4 1/2 years into his eight-year contract.

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Babcock was key in guiding the Leafs to a playoff spot in 2016-17 after the team was last in the NHL in his first season behind the Toronto bench.

The Leafs, though, couldn’t take the next step and lost in the first round in each of the next three years.

Babcock’s time as Leafs coach ended following a 9-10-4 start nearly four years ago, when team president Brendan Shanahan flew to Arizona and fired him during a Leafs trip.

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