Babcock visits old McGill acquaintances

Earl Zukerman

, Last Updated: 5:34 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Mike Babcock has indicated that his alma really does matter and he intends on wearing his old school tie when he steps behind the bench for Detroit's National Hockey League game against the Montreal Canadiens, tonight.

Babcock, who played hockey at McGill University in the mid-1980s, where was captain and MVP of the Redmen, confided to some old school buddies during dinner in Old Montreal, Monday, that he would wear the crimson red silk tie for the game against the Habs.

Earlier in the day, he paid a surprise visit to McConnell Arena, where McGill head coach Martin Raymond was putting his troops through an optional practice.

Now in his sixth year as a head coach in the NHL, and his third season as the Red Wings bench boss, he will be making only his second ever appearance at the Bell Centre. His first visit, with Anaheim, resulted in a 2-2 tie on Oct. 29, 2002.

Babcock first wore the McGill apparel in Game 5 of the 2007 Western conference semifinal, a 3-2 Detroit victory against San Jose on April 28, which was televised across North America on both NBC and TSN.

Babcock, who prefers to wear a different tie, hand-picked by his daughter, every game, wore the tie again in Game 1 of the Western Conference final, a 2-1 victory over Anaheim (May 11).

The tie enters tonight's contest with a 2-0 record when wrapped around his neck.


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