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.