Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Babych
Defenceman Dave Babych was born in Edmonton, Alberta on May 23, 1961 and developed into a steady blueliner during his 19-year NHL career. Babych spent three seasons with the Portland Winter Hawks, the last of which he was an all-star before making the leap to the NHL.

Babych went straight to the NHL without a game in the minors, suiting up for 69 contests with the Winnipeg Jets in 1980-81. By 1983, he was an NHL All-Star, and he went on to score 74 points that year, a career high. During his sixth season with the Jets, two of which he was named to the All-Star Team, Babych was traded to the Hartford Whalers for Ray Neufeld.

With the Whalers, Babych didn't reach the offensive highs he hit as a Jet but maintained his solid two way game, providing solid defence and chipping in points on a consistent basis. After Babych's sixth campaign with Hartford, he was on the move again.

When the San Jose Sharks joined the NHL in 1991, they took many players from the Minnesota North Stars as per an earlier agreement and, as a result, the North Stars were permitted to draft players from the rest of the NHL clubs to fill some holes. Babych was claimed by the North Stars and then promptly traded to the Vancouver Canucks during this process.

With the Canucks, Babych joined a blue line corps in need of a steady veteran presence, and he was able to provide. During his third season with the Canucks, they advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup finals and extended the eventual champion New York Rangers to a seventh game. Babych provided three goals and eight points that playoffs.

Babych spent parts of four more years with the Canucks before he was traded again, this time to the Philadelphia Flyers, who felt they were poised for a serious playoff run and wanted a veteran presence on their blueline. The Flyers, however, had a disappointing post-season, and Babych didn't get his second chance at a Cup.

The 1998-99 schedule was Babych's final season in the NHL. He spent most of the year with the Flyers, but was traded, again at the deadline, to the Los Angeles Kings for Steve Duchesne. After one season with the Kings, Babych went on to play three games with Ambri-Piotta of Switzerland's National League during their playoff run before calling it a career at the end of the season.

Dave Babych played 1,195 in the NHL and finished with 723 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 56 31 69 100 37
1977-78 Portland Winter Hawks WCJHL 6 1 3 4 4
1978-79 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 67 20 59 79 63 25 7 22 29 22
1979-80 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 50 22 60 82 71 8 1 10 11 2
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 6 38 44 90 -61
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 7 0 2 2 8
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 19 49 68 92 -11 4 1 2 3 29
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 13 61 74 56 -10 3 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 18 39 57 62 -31 3 1 1 2 0
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 13 49 62 78 -16 8 2 7 9 6
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 19 4 12 16 14 -1
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 62 10 43 53 36 +2 8 1 3 4 14
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 66 8 33 41 44 -18 6 1 1 2 14
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 71 14 36 50 54 -25 6 3 2 5 2
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 70 6 41 47 54 -5 4 1 5 6 2
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 10 2 0 2 4
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 72 6 37 43 62 -16 7 1 2 3 0
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 8 0 6 6 4 -4
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 5 24 29 63 -2 13 2 6 8 10
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 43 3 16 19 44 +6 12 2 5 7 6
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 4 28 32 52 0 24 3 5 8 12
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 40 3 11 14 18 -13 11 2 2 4 14
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 53 3 21 24 38 -5
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 5 22 27 38 -2
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 0 9 9 37 -11
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 0 0 12 +2 5 1 0 1 4
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 2 4 6 20 0
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 0 2 2 2 -2
1999-00 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 1195 142 581 723 970 114 21 41 62 113


Brother of Wayne
WHL First All-Star Team (1980) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983, 1984)
Traded to Hartford by Winnipeg for Ray Neufeld, November 21, 1985.
Missed majority of 1990-91 due to wrist surgery, October 29, 1990. Claimed by Minnesota from Hartford in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Vancouver by Minnesota for Tom Kurvers, June 22, 1991. Traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver with Philadelphia's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Garrett Prosofsky) in 1998 Entry Draft for Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Justin Morrison) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 24, 1998. Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 5th round choice (Nathan Marsters) in 2000 Entry Draft for Steve Duchesne, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Switz), January 31, 2000.