Babe Pratt
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Nationality Flag of Canada 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.

Career Statistics Edit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1933-34 Kenora Thistles MJHL 16 14 7 21 33 9 6 2 8 18
Turnbull Cup -- -- -- -- -- 2 0 2 2 8
Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 2 4 2 6 6
1934-35 Kenora Thistles MJHL 17 17 22 39 21 2 0 4 4 5
1935-36New York RangersNHL1711216----------
Philadelphia RamblersCAHL2878154840002
1936-37New York RangersNHL47871523931411
1937-38New York RangersNHL47514195620002
1938-39New York RangersNHL48219212071239
1939-40New York RangersNHL4841317611231418
1940-41New York RangersNHL47317205231126
1941-42New York RangersNHL474242865613434
1942-43New York RangersNHL40226----------
Toronto Maple LeafsNHL401225374461238
1943-44Toronto Maple LeafsNHL501740573050334
1944-45Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5018234139132468
1945-46Toronto Maple LeafsNHL415202536----------
1946-47Boston BruinsNHL3144825----------
Hershey BearsAHL2151015231135819
1947-48Cleveland BaronsAHL171458----------
Hershey BearsAHL36214163920000
1948-49New Westminster RoyalsPCHL63184866641218910
1949-50New Westminster RoyalsPCHL5982937561826822
1950-51New Westminster RoyalsPCHL65815235470004
1951-52Tacoma RocketsPCHL63731382050110
NHL Totals 517 83 209 292 473 63 12 17 29 100

Awards & Achievements Edit

Career MovesEdit

  • Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 18, 1935.
  • Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers for Hank Goldup and Red Garrett, November 27, 1942.
  • Suspended by NHL President Red Dutton for gambling violations, January 29, 1946.
  • Suspension lifted by NHL President Red Dutton, February 15, 1946.
  • Traded to Boston by Toronto for the rights to Eric Pogue and cash, June 19, 1946.
  • Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Boston for cash, May 15, 1947.
  • Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Cleveland (AHL) with Joe Cooper for Hy Buller, December 24, 1947.
  • Traded to New Westminster (PCHL) by Hershey (AHL) for cash, October 5, 1948.



Highlights of the April 1, 1937 Stanley Cup Semi-finals Game 1 in which the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Maroons 1-0 on a first period goal by Babe Pratt.

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Preceded by
Bill Cowley
Winner of the Hart Trophy
Succeeded by
Elmer Lach
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