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Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Nationality Canadian
Born January 7,1916,
Stony Mountain, MB, CAN
Died December 16,1988 (age 72),
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Pro Career 1935 – 1952

Walter "Babe" Pratt (January 7, 1916 in Stony Mountain, Manitoba - December 16, 1988) was a Canadian professional defenceman who played for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League.

Babe was an important member of two Stanley Cup winning teams, the 1940 Rangers and 1945 Maple Leafs. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1944. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

In January, 1946 Pratt was caught betting on hockey games and was subsequently suspended from the NHL. Pratt admitted to gambling but denied ever placing a bet against his own team. After promising to quit betting he was reinstated to the Toronto Maple Leafs. His last NHL season was with the Boston Bruins in 1946–47 and he played in the minors after that.

He subsequently worked as an analyst for CBC Television's Hockey Night In Canada telecasts from Vancouver in the 1970s and served as a goodwill ambassador for the Vancouver Canucks. Pratt collapsed and died of a heart attack in the media lounge of the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver during the first intermission of a Canucks game on December 16, 1988. The Canucks honored Pratt's memory by stitching "BABE" on their sweaters for the remainder of the hockey season.

Despite the brevity of his career, the time passed since it ended, and a reputation for rough play, in 1998, he was ranked number 96 on List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News.

Awards and achievements

External links

  • Babe Pratt's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
Preceded by
Bill Cowley
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1944
Succeeded by
Elmer Lach
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