Fans were lined up on Sunday night for the chance to meet former Canuck Dave Babych. Young and old fans alike relived the ’94 playoff run as they were able to share their own memories with the NHL great. Babych received much praise for his shot on Felix Potvin in double overtime of game 7 which led to a Greg Adams goal. That memorable goal would propel the Canucks into the Stanley Cup Finals. While most fans lined up for their chance to get an autograph and photo with Babych, others merely shouted from the concourse their admiration for the former defenceman.
Babych was selected 2nd overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play 22 years in the NHL for 5 different teams. Babych spent 7 years with the Canucks from 91-98 and was an integral part of the Canucks blueline in their run for the 94 Stanley Cup. Babych played one year in the Swiss A League before retiring back in BC. Recently named to the Canucks player development department, he advises and scouts specifically defenceman. Babych is currently an active member of the Canucks Alumni participating in charity events across BC.
Story by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate