Former NHL coach Mike Babcock got here below fireplace Monday from gamers he used to teach when he was a member of the Detroit Purple Wings.
Babcock, who was just lately fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was accused of verbally assaulting winger Johan Franzen. Stanley Cup champion Chris Chelios made the accusation on Barstool Sports activities’ podcast “Spittin’ Chiclets.” Chelios recalled Babcock “verbally assaulting” Franzen through the playoffs.
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“A number of the issues [Babcock said to Franzen] on the bench, I do not know what he mentioned to him behind closed doorways one-on-one, however he blatantly verbally assaulted him through the sport on the bench,” Chelios mentioned on the podcast.
Franzen and Chelios had been teammates on the Purple Wings from 2005 to 2009.
Franzen, who has not performed in an NHL sport since 2015 attributable to post-concussion syndrome, confirmed the incident to Swedish media.
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“I get the shivers once I give it some thought,” he mentioned. “That incident occurred in opposition to Nashville within the playoffs. It was coarse, nasty and surprising. However that was only one out of 100 issues he did. The tip of the iceberg.”
Franzen recalled being “terrified” of happening the ice after the primary time Babcock berated him.
“He is a horrible individual, the worst I’ve ever met,” Franzen mentioned. “He is a bully who was attacking individuals. It may very well be a cleaner on the enviornment in Detroit or anyone. He would lay into individuals with none motive.”
Franzen and Chelios’ account of Babcock come greater than per week after Maple Leafs star Mitchell Marner confirmed a narrative that Babcock made him rank gamers and share the listing along with his teammates through the 2016-17 season.
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“I used to be fortunate sufficient that the fellows that had been there with me, none of them took it to coronary heart and so they knew it wasn’t as much as me to make the listing,” Marner advised TSN. “That was a fortunate state of affairs. However it’s over with now; it is out of my head.”
Babcock advised The Athletic he apologized for the incident with Marner.