Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wayne Babych
Edmonton, Alberta became the birthplace of Wayne Babych on June 6, 1958. Babych spent parts of five seasons playing junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Portland Winter Hawks. Chosen 3rd overall in the 1978 Amateur Draft, the St. Louis Blues had big plans for the right winger, and he responded with 27 goals in his rookie year of 1978-79.

Babych followed that up with a 26-goal outing the next year before exploding for 54 goals and 96 points in 1980-81. Unfortunately, he never again approached those totals, slipping to 19, 16, and 13 goals in his next three campaigns with the Blues.

The Blues lost patience with Babych and left him exposed in the annual Waiver Draft where the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed him. With the Penguins, he was able to bounce back a little, scoring 20 goals and 54 points, but just two games into his second year in Pittsburgh, he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques.

Babych played 15 games with the Nords, scoring eleven points before he was traded again on January 17, 1986, this time to the Hartford Whalers, where his younger brother, Dave, played. He finished that year with 28 points in 37 games with the Whale but stumbled the next season, playing just four games with no points and spending six more games in the minors before quitting.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Spruce Grove Mets AJHL 56 20 18 38 68
1973-74 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 68 19 17 36 157
1975-76 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 61 32 46 78 98 5 2 1 3 23
1976-77 Portland Winter Hawks WCJHL 71 50 62 112 76 10 2 6 8 10
1977-78 Portland Winter Hawks WCJHL 68 50 71 121 218 8 4 4 8 19
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 6 5 5 10 4
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 27 36 63 75 -11
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 7 1 2 3 0
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 26 35 61 49 +11 3 1 2 3 2
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 54 42 96 93 +14 11 2 0 2 8
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 51 19 25 44 51 -12 7 3 2 5 8
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 16 23 39 62 -24
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 13 29 42 52 +1 10 1 4 5 4
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 20 34 54 35 -7
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 15 6 5 11 18 0
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 37 11 17 28 59 +6 10 0 1 1 2
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 4 0 0 0 4 -5
1986-87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 6 2 5 7 6
NHL Totals 519 192 246 438 498 41 7 9 16 24


Brother of Dave
WCJHL First All-Star Team (1977, 1978) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981)
Claimed by Pittsburgh from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1984. Traded to Quebec by Pittsburgh for future considerations, October 20, 1985. Traded to Hartford by Quebec for Greg Malone, January 17, 1986.