Picture of Holy Cross being built while students were housed at St. Charles Elementary School. Courtesy Holy Cross School.
He won’t be able to make the party because he has another Stanley Cup to chase, but NHL head coach Mike Babcock is among many wishing a local high school a happy birthday.
Babcock graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1981.
He said it was a place where “people expected you to do things right” that helped shape his career.
Even at 50, Babcock could still rattle off the names of teachers and guidance counsellors who made an impression. He said he gained a lot not just from his time in the classroom, but also in school sports and clubs.
He said he even took his daughter for a tour of his old stomping grounds a few years ago.
“It was kind of cool. We stood on the wall that used to have a rug on it there at the cafeteria and looked at it. I’d been honoured by being on the wall of honour, I showed my daughter that,” he said.
Babcock went on from his days at Holy Cross to become the only coach ever to win a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a World Hockey Championship.
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