An Evening with Mike Babcock - Destined to Lead 2011

1st Annual Edge North Legacy Dinner

On June 21, 2011 the Edge Skill Academy North will be hosting a Legacy Dinner featuring Mike Babcock, gold medal winning coach of the 2010 men’s Olympic hockey team and coach of the Detroit Redwings. The event will take place at the T.E.C. Center at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie and will include dinner as well as exciting live and silent auctions. This event will support new capital projects, on-going programs and enhancements, and financial aid/bursaries for students.

Mike Babcock – Destined to Lead


On June 21st, 2011, the Edge Skill Academy North will proudly present Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup winning coach Mike Babcock at its first ever legacy dinner event.  Mike’s presentation entitled “Destined to Lead” is very fitting given the focus the Edge School places on excellence in academics, character-building and athletics.

This event celebrates the completion of the Edge School’s successful first year in Grande Prairie. This event will raise funds to provide opportunities for deserving students to attend the school in the years to come as well as to support capital projects that will foster continued growth and development of the school.

The Edge School warmly welcomes you to attend this very exciting event. Tickets to the event are $125, and tables of eight are $1000.  Sponsorship opportunities are available, and the support of community businesses and individuals is sincerely appreciated

For further information, sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets contact:

Tara Edwards:  (780)-814-3532 –

Sue Henley: (780)-882-5949  -

About the Edge School

The Edge school is based on the truism that a passion for sport drives a passion for learning and for leading. Brent Devost, Founder and President of Edge School, thought it possible to create a school where student-athletes brought their passion and love of sport to the classroom and into peer groups; where one need not sacrifice the pursuit of excellence in athletics for academic goals; where student-athletes felt safe, invited and engaged in following their dreams. He was right. A decade later, Edge School is thriving as it meets the dreams and needs of Calgary and area students in Grades 5 through 12. The Edge Skill Academy in Grande Prairie is celebrating the completion of its first year for hockey and dance athletes from grades 4 through 12, and most recently, The Edge Skill Academy in Fort McMurray which will open it’s doors to students in fall of 2011.

For further information about the Edge School, please explore the website at

About Mike Babcock

Mike Babcock led Canada’s National Men’s Team to the gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. He also led Team Canada to gold at the 2004 IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic. Mike coached Canada’s National Junior Team to its fifth-consecutive gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Junior Championships in Switzerland and is the only Canadian coach to win gold medals at the IIFH World Championships, IIHF World Junior Championships, the Stanley Cup and the Winter Olympics.

For more information about Mike Babcock, please see the Wikopedia entry and biography below.

"...if Mike had never coached a game in the National Hockey League, never won the Stanley Cup or captured an Olympic gold medal, he would still be the same man. If today he hypothetically lived full time in Saskatoon and the pinnacle of his coaching career was coaching his son’s local minor hockey team, he would still act with the same morals and have the same priorities. It’s easy to admire someone for what they do in the spotlight but another thing to admire them for how they wake up and tackle each day. Mike Babcock didn’t become a great husband and father because he was a great coach. He became a great coach by relying on the same values and principles that had already enabled him to be a great husband and father. If I have learned one thing about coaching, it’s that it constantly forces you to be accountable for your own actions and how you live your own life. By no means am I suggesting that all professional coaches live idealistic lives sheltered from adversity or human error. However, I’ve found through my own experience that coaches are generally people who consciously attempt to improve themselves everyday and try to act honourably."" Aaron Wilbur
About Edge School - Skill Academy North

Edge School Skill Academy North is a joint effort of Edge School (Calgary) and the Grande Prairie Public School District. As of September 2010, ESSAN provides specific sport skill academies (Hockey & Dance) as part of the education programming at Alexander Forbes School in Grande Prairie.