St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the team has named Mike Weber as assistant coach and Michael Babcock as skills coach.
Weber and Babcock round out the Blues coaching staff after a search led by Blues Head Coach Craig Berube.
Weber, 35, joins the Blues coaching staff following a three-year stint as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Rochester Americans. In 2022-23, he helped guide the Americans to a third-place finish in the North Division and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, the Americans qualified for the postseason in each of Weber’s last two seasons while compiling a 73-56-13 regular-season record. Prior to joining Rochester, he spent three years as an assistant coach with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, where he led the team to a third-place finish in the West Division during his final season.
As a player, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (No. 57 overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He went on to appear in 351 career NHL regular-season games across nine seasons, collecting 53 points (nine goals, 44 assists) and 437 penalty minutes. He also tallied 51 points (eight goals, 43 assists) in 237 career AHL regular-season games.
Babcock, 28, joins the Blues coaching staff after finishing the 2022-23 season with the Ottawa Senators. With the Senators, Babcock aided the coaching staff in developing game plans, pre-scouting, and with on-ice skill development.
Before joining the Senators, he spent two seasons with the University of Saskatchewan, where he ran the team’s defense and power play. In 2021-22, he helped the Huskies finish with the second-ranked power play in the nation at 28.1 percent.
Prior to his coaching career, Babcock played four years of NCAA Division 1 hockey with Merrimack College, where he served as team captain during his senior season. He went on to play professionally with the Gothiques d’Amiens in the French Ligue Magnus, helping the team win the Coupe de France championship in 2019.
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