Former Maple Leaf Frank Corrado speaks up against Mike Babcock

Julien Trekker
May 31, 2024  (1:03 PM)

Mike Babcock in a press conference.
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Mike Babcock's controversial past has once again come under scrutiny as former Toronto Maple Leafs player Frank Corrado spoke up about the coach's behavior.

During an interview with The Athletic, Frank Corrado shed light on his experiences under former Leafs coach Mike Babcock. Corrado, who joined the Leafs in October 2015, was initially excited to play for Babcock, known for his reputation of helping players reach their potential. However, Corrado's experiences were far from positive:
"In October 2015, Frankie Corrado was picked up off waivers by the Leafs from Vancouver. Corrado was excited to play for Babcock, knowing he had a reputation for helping players reach their potential.

«I have no idea who you are,» Corrado remembers Babcock telling him when they first met. He told Corrado to meet him at his office at the Leafs training facility the next day at 8 a.m. Corrado arrived early and knocked on Babcock's door, but the coach told him he didn't have time to see him. Corrado waited for an hour and a half, but Babcock never made time for him.

Corrado said he later experienced panic attacks and threw up regularly before games because of anxiety, which he never experienced before playing for Babcock.

«It was cruel. It went on way too long and it did way too much damage to me,» he said. «I think he loves f—ing with people's heads. I really do.»"

The revelations by Corrado add to the growing list of accusations against Babcock.
Last season, his failed attempt at returning in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets show that he has a troubling pattern that likely put an end to his career.
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