Three playoff coaches were part of star-studded crew in Detroit

A composite image of Mike Babcock (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency), Paul MacLean (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI...

A composite image of Mike Babcock (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency), Paul MacLean (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI Agency) and Todd McLellan (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach).

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

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LOS ANGELES - It was a star-studded team.

Looking back now, it's become clear it was a star-studded coaching staff, too.

When Mike Babcock coached Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and the rest of the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008, he was sharing the workload with a couple of assistants with bright futures of their own.

Todd McLellan is now the main man for the San Jose Sharks, while Paul MacLean was nominated for the Jack Adams Award in his second season behind the bench for the Ottawa Senators.


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