After a Covid-forced hiatus of one year, the “Off the Leash Luncheon” returns for its twelfth edition on 4 November with two excellent speakers, Mike Babcock and Patrick Sharp. Monies raised from the event will support the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Men’s Hockey Team.
In addition to his being named coach of the Huskie men’s hockey team for 2021-22, former Huskie defenceman Mike Babcock, will speak from his experience as a coach at the international, professional, university, college, and major junior levels.
Among his accomplishments behind the bench are championships or gold medals with Red Deer College (Alberta Colleges 1989), University of Lethbridge (Canadian Universities 1994), Team Canada (World Juniors 1997), Team Canada (World Championships 2004), Detroit Red Wings (Stanley Cup 2008), and Team Canada (Olympics 2010 and 2014).
His NHL coaching career (2002-2019) was 1301 games, of which he won 700, guiding his teams in Anaheim, Detroit, and Toronto into the playoffs in 14 of his 17 full seasons.
Named to the Order of Hockey in Canada, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from University of Saskatchewan in 2016. He is the author of Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams which was published in 2012.
Patrick Sharp patrolled left wing for Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas over 15 years in the NHL. Drafted by the Flyers in 2001, he tallied 287 goals and 333 assists for 620 points from 2002 to 2018. Named MVP at the 2011 all-star game, the Winnipeg native was a member of three Stanley Cup teams (2010, 2013, 2015) in Chicago and performed for Team Canada under Mike Babcock with the 2014 gold medal squad at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
A former university player at University of Vermont, Patrick Sharp has been working as hockey analyst with NBC Sports.
Everyone is invited to hear Babcock and Sharp, meet the 2021-22 Huskie Men’s Hockey team, and enjoy a meal at Prairieland Park, 11:30 am, 4 Thursday, 4 November.