Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tracy Pratt
Although born in New York City where his father, Hall of Famer Babe Pratt, had played with the Rangers, Tracy Pratt only stuck around in the Big Apple for two weeks. He actually grew up in Vancouver where, in spite of only four arenas in town, he managed to learn to play hockey well enough to make the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL in 1960.

Being the era of the Original Six, however, Pratt had a long journey through the minors ahead of him before he'd see any NHL ice. As he toiled his way through stints with Brandon, St. Paul, and Portland, it became apparent that while his father made it on finesse, the younger Pratt was all brawn. His primary focus was on moving bodies from in front of his net. He once remarked that crossing the red line was like entering alien territory.

Pratt finally made it the NHL when the Oakland Seals selected him in the Expansion Draft of 1967. He lasted for only 34 games before dropping down to the minors again until the Pittsburgh Penguins gave him his first full-time NHL stint in 1969-70. His stay with the Pens was short, however, as the Buffalo Sabres claimed him during the Expansion Draft of 1970.

In Buffalo, Pratt continued to play his stay-at-home game while annoying coach Punch Imalch by winning all of the gin rummy money during road trips. In 1973, he hit the road again, this time to Vancouver where he tended to the Canucks' blueline until he was sentenced to join the struggling Colorado Rockies in 1976-77. But as was so often the case for Pratt, he was judged to be expendable and, as such, was passed on to Toronto where he retired in 1977 after playing only 15 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1959-60 Vancouver Prep College High-BC
1960-61 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 59 3 13 16 83
1961-62 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 51 7 16 23 143 10 2 4 6 36
1962-63 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 33 10 17 27 132 10 3 8 11 38
1962-63 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 9 2 4 6 35
1963-64 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 52 4 15 19 128 11 0 0 0 49
1964-65 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 66 15 25 40 200 9 1 2 3 27
1965-66 St. Louis Braves CPHL 70 2 23 25 206 5 1 2 3 6
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 63 0 10 10 92 4 0 1 1 4
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 34 0 5 5 90 -18
1967-68 Vancouver Canucks WHL 29 1 8 9 73
1968-69 Vancouver Canucks WHL 45 2 10 12 74
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 0 5 5 34 +6
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 5 7 12 124 -29 10 0 1 1 51
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 1 7 8 179 -17
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 0 10 10 52 0
1971-72 Cincinnati Swords AHL 16 0 11 11 40
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 1 15 16 116 +9 6 0 0 0 6
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 33 0 7 7 52 +9
1973-74 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 3 8 11 44 -11
1974-75 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 5 17 22 145 +6 3 0 0 0 5
1975-76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 52 1 5 6 72 -7 2 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 66 1 10 11 110 -27
1976-77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 0 1 1 8 -7 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 580 17 97 114 1026 25 0 1 1 62


Son of Babe Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975) Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers with Dave Richardson, Dick Meissner and Mel Pearson for John McKenzie and Ray Cullen, June 4, 1965. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Pittsburgh by Oakland with George Swarbrick and Bryan Watson for Earl Ingarfield, Gene Ubriaco and Dick Mattiussi, January 30, 1969. Claimed by Buffalo from Pittsburgh in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Traded to Vancouver by Buffalo with John Gould for Jerry Korab, December 27, 1973. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, September 12, 1976. Traded to Toronto by Colorado for Toronto's 3rd round choice (Randy Pierce) in 1977 Amateur Draft, March 8, 1977.