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Dave Babych

Born:May 23, 1961Draft:1980 Jets #2 Overall
Hometown:Edmonton, ABPosition:Defence
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

David Michael Babych (born May 23, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played in two NHL All-Star Games and played for the Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. He is the younger brother of former NHL player Wayne Babych. He was the first NHL player to wear the number 44 on a permanent basis.

Dave Babych Winnipeg Jets
Dave Babych, Winnipeg Jets, Nov. 17, 1984 (Photo by Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)

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Deeper Dive

Front Office History

  • Vancouver Canucks (Team Consultant) 2009-2014

Coaching History

  • NLA HC Ambri-Piotta (Player-Asst. Coach) 1999-2000
  • Team Canada – Deutschland Cup (Asst. Coach) 2009


  • World Championship Silver Medal (1989)
  • NHL All-Star Game (1983, 1984)
  • WHL First All-Star Team (1980)
  • AJHL Rookie of the Year (1978)
  • AJHL Most Outstanding Defenseman (1978)