March 19, 2018

SILVER IN SOUTH KOREA

Thirty seasons ago, a native of Saskatoon with a season's experience in college hockey as an assistant coach ascended to head coach and the rest is history. With the SAIT Trojans, Ken Babey would post more wins in the regular season and post season (534) than any other Canadian post-secondary varsity hockey coach.

This past weekend, Babey as head coach guided Canada's National Para Ice Hockey team to a silver medal at the IPC Paralympic Winter Games in Gangneung, South Korea. Canada dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the United States in the event's finale. Canada advanced to the gold medal game with a 7-0 win over Korea in the semi final after blanking Sweden 17-0, Italy 10-0 and Norway 8-0 in the preliminary round.

For the past four seasons, Babey has coached Canada to three gold medals, six silver medals and one bronze medal in international competition.

Previously, Babey was head coach of the Trojans for 27 seasons from 1987-88 through 2013-14 directing the men's hockey team to nine conference championships (1996-97, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2013-14) and one national title (1999-2000).

During his tenure at SAIT, Babey also was a head coach with Canada's National Men's Under 18 Team at the Four Nations Cup (2000), an assistant coach with Canada's National Men's Team at the Loto Cup (2003), and a head coach with Denmark's National Men's Under 20 Team (2007) at the IIHF Division I, Group A World Junior Championship. Each of the three teams returned home with gold medals.

In 2014, Babey left the ACAC as the career conference coaching leader in championships (9), first place finishes (10), seasons (27), wins (528), and games (839). He holds 16 ACAC career coaching records including most consecutive championships (4), most consecutive first place finishes (7) and most consecutive seasons in the playoffs (20).

At the CCAA National Hockey Championships, Babey guided the Trojans to one gold medal and two silver medals in three appearances in which the team won six of ten games.

The run of four consecutive conference championships beginning in 2007 sandwiched between seven straight first place finishes beginning in 2005 had its highlights. Babey eclipsed Clare Drake’s mark of 427 regular and post season wins to become Canada’s winningest post-secondary hockey coach on March 5, 2010. The Trojans equaled the mark of four consecutive conference championships and seven straight championship final appearances set by the NAIT Ooks in the 1980's on March 22, 2010 and March 4, 2011 respectively.

All dynasties must come to an end and it is how the dynasty ended on March 27, 2011 that still casts a black cloud. Fingers were pointed at Babey for actions that he did not take, when they should have been pointed elsewhere for actions taken. In the 2010-11 ACAC Men's Hockey Championship Final Series, the Mount Royal College Cougars dressed an ineligible player for the fifth and deciding game. A Mount Royal College staff member disclosed the information to the conference shortly thereafter but some media members falsely accused Babey of doing so. What transpired was a comedy of errors by the ACAC which included, among other things, the failure to follow precedent of similar operating code violations and the failure to follow precedent of forfeiture of a game in a previous hockey championship final series as well as the appointment of an appeal tribunal chair who had a vested interest in the outcome as he was a graduate of Mount Royal College. In an attempt to quell further scrutiny and controversy, the tribunal's decision (with the Mount Royal grad as chair) was decreed as "final and binding upon the parties and upon all members of the ACAC".

Babey last coached in the ACAC in 2014 and will be eligible for nomination to the ACAC Hall of Fame in the spring of 2019. Babey last coached in the CCAA in 2001 and is currently eligible for nomination to the CCAA Hall of Fame in the coach category.

KEN BABEY'S COLLEGE & INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY STATISTICS

College (Ice Hockey)
Season Team League Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result Award(s)
1987-88 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 24 5 18 1 0 .229 Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1988-89 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 26 9 16 1 0 .365 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
1989-90 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 24 4 18 2 0 .208 Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1990-91 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 31 15 16 0 0 .484 Lost in ACAC Finals  
1991-92 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 39 22 17 0 0 .564 Lost in ACAC Finals, Lost in CCAA Final  
1992-93 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 24 12 10 2 0

.542

Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1993-94 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 22 11 10 1 0 .523 Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1994-95 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 27 15 8 4 0 .630 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals ACAC Coach of the Year
1995-96 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 29 16 12 1 0 .569 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
1996-97 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 33 23 9 1 0 .712 ACAC Champions, Lost in CCAA Final ACAC Coach of the Year
1997-98 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 29 19 9 1 0 .672 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
1998-99 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 30 21 9 0 0 .700 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals ACAC Coach of the Year
1999-2000 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 37 28 6 3 0 .797 ACAC Champions, CCAA Champions ACAC Coach of the Year, CCAA Coaching Award of Excellence
2000-01 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 31 21 6 3 1 .742 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
2001-02 SAIT ACAC Head 34 24 6 2 2 .765 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship ACAC Coach of the Year
2002-03 SAIT ACAC Head 31 23 8 0 0 .742 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
2003-04 SAIT ACAC Head 31 18 10 3 0 .629 Lost in ACAC Quarter Finals  
2004-05 SAIT ACAC Head 34 24 9 1 0 .721 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  
2005-06 SAIT ACAC Head 33 21 11 1 0 .652 Lost in ACAC Finals  
2006-07 SAIT ACAC Head 34 22 7 3 2 .721 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship ACAC Coach of the Year
2007-08 SAIT ACAC Head 30 21 5 0 4 .767 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  
2008-09 SAIT ACAC Head 38 28 8 0 2 .763 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship ACAC Coach of the Year
2009-10 SAIT ACAC Head 36 29 5 2 0 .833 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  
2010-11 SAIT ACAC Head 36 28 5 3 0 .819 Lost in ACAC Finals  
2011-12 SAIT ACAC Head 34 22 9 2 1 .691 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
2012-13 SAIT ACAC Head 36 25 7 4 0 .750 Lost in ACAC Finals  
2013-14 SAIT ACAC Head 36 28 6 2 0 .806 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  

International (Ice Hockey)
Year Team Event Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result
1998 Alberta U-17 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge (Swift Current, Canada) Assistant 6 2 3 1 0 .417 4th
2000 Canada U-18 IIHF Four Nations Cup (Kezmarok, Slovakia) Head 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 Gold Medalists
2003 Canada IIHF Loto Cup (Piestany, Slovakia) Assistant 4 3 0 1 0 .875 Gold Medalists
2007 Denmark U-20 IIHF Division I, Group A World Junior Championships (Odense, Denmark) Head 5 4 1 0 0 .800 Gold Medalists
2008 Denmark U-20 IIHF World Junior Championships (Pardubice - Liberec, Czech Republic) Head 7 0 7 0 0 .000 10th
2008 Denmark IIHF World Championships (Quebec City - Halifax, Canada) Assistant 8 2 6 0 0 .250 12th

International (Para Ice Hockey/Sledge Hockey)
Year Team Event Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result
2015 Canada World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Leduc, Canada) Head 5 3 2 0 0 .600 Bronze Medalists
2015 Canada IPC World Championships (Buffalo, USA) Head 5 4 1 0 0 .800 Silver Medalists
2015 Canada International Sledge Hockey Tournament (Turin, Italy) Head 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 Gold Medalists
2016 Canada World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Bridgewater, Canada) Head 5 4 0 0 1 .900 Silver Medalists
2016 Canada IPC Pan Pacific Championships (Buffalo, USA) Head 5 3 1 0 0 .750 Silver Medalists
2016 Canada World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Charlottetown, Canada) Head 5 3 1 0 1 .700 Silver Medalists
2017 Canada International Sledge Hockey Tournament (Turin, Italy) Head 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 Gold Medalists
2017 Canada IPC World Championships (Gangneung, South Korea) Head 7 6 1 0 0 .857 Gold Medalists
2017 Canada World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Charlottetown, Canada) Head 5 3 2 0 0 .600 Silver Medalists
2018 Canada IPC Paralympic Winter Games (Gangneung, South Korea) Head 5 4 0 0 1 .900 Silver Medalists

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