Chris Chelios: Red Wings’ Mike Babcock ‘verbally assaulted’ Johan Franzen in 2012

Detroit News

Former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios said coach Mike Babcock “verbally assaulted” Johan Franzen during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs when the Red Wings faced the Nashville Predators, causing Franzen to have a "nervous breakdown."

Chelios made the claims during a recent appearance on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast.

Franzen, who suffered from numerous concussions, retired in 2015 after 11 seasons, and has battled post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Chelios was part of the Wings’ front office at the time of the alleged incident, having ended a 26-season NHL career in 2010, which included nearly 10 seasons in Detroit.

#hockey, #professional

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