Babcock is a distant cousin of ice hockey legend, and 1967 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Dave Keon
- Babcock's family tree gives fans another sign that he is the one who can lead the blue and white to the Stanley Cup
- Through his maternal side, Babcock the only coach in the prestigious "Triple Gold Club", is 8th cousins once removed with Dave Keon, a member of Toronto's last Stanley Cup winning team
TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - As one of Toronto's most highly anticipated hockey seasons begins, fans have one more reason to believe Mike Babcock has what it takes to turn his Original Six team around: family ties to the city's last Stanley Cup winning team.
According to research revealed today by Ancestry, the world's largest online family history resource, Babcock is 8th cousins to Dave Keon, one of the most popular and successful players to ever don the blue and white, and a key member of the 1967 championship team.
Babcock and Keon's connection traces back over 350 years ago, to Louis Houde, who was born about 1617 in Manou, in the county of Perche, France. Houde arrived in "New France" (Quebec) by 1647, marrying Madeleine Boucher - the daughter of Marin Boucher, considered to be one of the founding fathers of Quebec - eight years later. Madeleine, who was just 13 years old when she married the then 38 year old, had 14 children with Louis.
"Discovering the connection between Mike Babcock and Dave Keon is why I love researching family history," said Lesley Anderson, family historian with Ancestry. "While I'm sure hockey fans in Toronto pray Mike will live up to his family legacy by leading his team to the Stanley Cup, I hope that this discovery shows Canadians how interesting digging deep into your family tree can be."
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