BREAKING: NHLPA Investigation Leads to a Coach Resigning
BY SKY SEPTEMBER 17, 2023 (4:07 PM)
Mike Babcock Steps Down
Mike Babcock has announced his resignation as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, following a recent controversy that has raised eyebrows across the hockey world. The incident at the center of this controversy has triggered investigations by both the NHL and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA), with conflicting accounts emerging from former players.
Allegations and Conflicting Stories
According to Paul Bissonnette, Babcock allegedly summoned team captain Boone Jenner to his office shortly after assuming his coaching role and requested access to the photos on Jenner's personal cell phone.
The Blue Jackets reacted swiftly by releasing statements from both Babcock and Jenner. While acknowledging the sharing of photos, they downplayed the significance of the act and shifted blame onto Bissonnette, labeling his allegations as "irresponsible and completely inaccurate."
NHLPA and NHL Investigations
To their credit, the NHLPA has refrained from accepting either statement at face value. Katie Strang, a reporter for The Athletic, disclosed that the NHLPA is actively scrutinizing the allegations surrounding Babcock and players' personal devices and photos. Meanwhile, the NHL itself has confirmed its intent to continue gathering information on this matter.
Former Player Weighs In
Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Frankie Corrado, who played under Babcock and now serves as an analyst for TSN, has added his perspective to the ongoing debate during an appearance on the First Up radio show. Corrado's unique vantage point offers valuable insights into the evolving controversy.