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Mike Babcock receives honorary University of Saskatchewan degree

Mike Babcock receives honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan during spring convocation.
Mike Babcock receives honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan during spring convocation. File / Gsobal News

Mike Babcock, one of hockey’s most acclaimed coaches, is joining Saskatchewan graduates in celebrating spring convocation.

Babcock received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) on Thursday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach went to Holy Cross High School and is a former member of the U of S Huskies hockey team.

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Babcock has won a Stanley Cup, Olympic and world championship gold medals, the only coach to ever achieve that feat.

However, he says Thursday’s achievement would have meant a great deal to his late parents.

“If my folks were alive today – one of the reasons I didn’t talk about it, I’d be emotional – is this would rank high for them, this is in my province, this is in my town, this is where I call home,” Babcock said.

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Babcock joins Gordie Howe, Diane Jones-Konihowski and Catriona Le May Doan as Saskatchewan sports icons to receive honorary degrees from the U of S.

Joel Senick contributed to this story