Mike Babcock won't bend to the pressure that befalls the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team. He won't bend to outlandish questions either.
The Detroit Red Wings bench boss is two practices deep with his squad and is already being bombarded -- as expected -- with a wide array of questions.
Speaking to reporters after practice Tuesday, Babcock was candid yet focused on the task at hand.
"You feel pressure because it's the pressure you put on yourselves to perform," he said. "We take our job seriously. We like to brag as a nation that we are the best in the world in hockey, but you cant just brag, (you) need to win and back it up"
It's no secret that there is pressure on Canada, not only to defend a gold medal, but also to stand behind a reputation as the centre of the hockey world.
And while Babcock may worry about the high level of competition at the Olympics, he refused to worry about a question of whether it was safe to room all three goalies together in Sochi in case one of them gets sick.
"You guys (reporters) spend way too much time thinking about this stuff ," he said. "It's rare you put three goalies together in one room? Well it's rare you put any three of anyone together because we all get our own room in the NHL."