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David Babych

David Babych  #44

Defenseman
NUMBER: 44 BIRTHDATE: May 23, 1961
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Edmonton, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: WIN / 1980 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (2nd overall)
Brother of Wayne WHL First All-Star Team (1980) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983, 1984) Traded to Hartford by Winnipeg for Ray Neufeld, November 21, 1985. Missed majority of 1990-91 season recovering from wrist surgery, October 29, 1990. Claimed by Minnesota from Hartford in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Vancouver by Minnesota for Tom Kurvers, June 22, 1991. Traded to Philadelphia by Vancouver with Philadelphia's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Garrett Prosofsky) in 1998 Entry Draft for Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Justin Morrison) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 24, 1998. Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 5th round choice (Nathan Marsters) in 2000 Entry Draft for Steve Duchesne, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Switz), January 31, 2000.
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I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday