Former NHLer Reveals he Was Bullied by Mike Babcock

Published October 7, 2023 at 10:58

Concerns about Mike Babcock's alleged bullying methods during his tenure as an NHL head coach have increasingly surfaced after his dismissal from the Toronto Maple Leafs in November 2019. These concerns resurfaced when he was appointed as the head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2023. However, Babcock had to step down before the commencement of the training camp, suggesting his alleged behavioral issues had not been addressed.


Former NHL Reveals Mike Babcock Bullied Him

Jakub Kindl served as a full-time defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings from the 2010-11 season through to 2015-16. He transitioned to the Florida Panthers in the latter part of the 2015-16 season. After spending one additional season in the NHL with Florida, Kindl relocated to play in Europe.

Between 2005 and 2015, Mike Babcock was at the helm of the Detroit Red Wings. Numerous players during that period have recounted their experiences with Babcock, focusing on his interactions with staff, media, Mike Commodore, and Johan Franzen. However, details about his interactions with other players have been limited, until now.


Kindl Shares Babcock's Bullying Methods

In an interview with Czechia's news media, Bez Frazi, Kindl remarked:

«I wasn't his favorite player from the beginning, and even though (Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland) liked me, Babcock seemed to constantly test what I could handle and he let me know that he didn't like me as a player. I couldn't stand him as a person.»

«I saw him making jokes with the others, but with me, he barely exchanged a few word. If he did, it was to humiliate me. For example, he once put me on the right side of the defense, and I was looking at the lineup in disbelief. He was just passing by and heard me, so he looked at the lineup and said, 'Yeah, you're on the right side. You have trouble playing on the left, and I'm making it harder for you, right?'"

Kindl had a moment of triumph against Babcock when the Red Wings played against the Leafs in November 2015. Kindl scored the decisive goal in overtime.

«They knew how hard it was under Babcock. That evening, I received a lot of messages from people all over the club, from chefs, guys who parked our cars, facility personnel, and from the people who worked in offices. They all congratulated me."

As reported on House of Hockey - Former NHL Defenseman Reveals How Mike Babcock Bullied Him
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