|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1966|
January 7, 1916|
Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada
December 16, 1988 (aged 72)|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Walter Peter "Babe" Pratt (January 7, 1916 – December 16, 1988) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman/left winger who played for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League. He is the father of the NHL hockey player, Tracy Pratt.
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 of 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 The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
Awards and achievements
- MJHL Scoring Champion (1935)
- Turnbull Cup MJHL Championship (1934)
- Stanley Cup championship (1940 and 1945)
- NHL First All-Star Team Defence (1944)
- Hart Memorial Trophy winner (1944)
- NHL Second All-Star Team Defence (1945)
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966
- Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1990
- Selected to Manitoba's All-Century First All-Star Team
- "Honoured Member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- In 1998, he was ranked number 96 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players
- In the 2009 book 100 Ranger Greats, was ranked No. 47 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons
- Tied for most assists by a defenceman in one game with 6
- Scored the game-winning goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1945 Stanley Cup Finals
|1935–36||New York Rangers||NHL||17||1||1||2||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1936–37||New York Rangers||NHL||47||8||7||15||23||9||3||1||4||11|
|1937–38||New York Rangers||NHL||47||5||14||19||56||2||0||0||0||2|
|1938–39||New York Rangers||NHL||48||2||19||21||20||7||1||2||3||9|
|1939–40*||New York Rangers||NHL||48||4||13||17||61||12||3||1||4||18|
|1940–41||New York Rangers||NHL||47||3||17||20||52||3||1||1||2||6|
|1941–42||New York Rangers||NHL||47||4||24||28||65||6||1||3||4||34|
|1942–43||New York Rangers||NHL||4||0||2||2||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1942–43||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||40||12||25||37||44||6||1||2||3||8|
|1943–44||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||17||40||57||30||5||0||3||3||4|
|1944–45*||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||18||23||41||39||13||2||4||6||8|
|1945–46||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||41||5||20||25||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|1948–49||New Westminster Royals||PCHL||63||18||48||66||64||12||1||8||9||10|
|1949–50||New Westminster Royals||PCHL||59||8||29||37||56||18||2||6||8||22|
|1950–51||New Westminster Royals||PCHL||65||8||15||23||54||7||0||0||0||4|
* Stanley Cup Champion.
- Cohen, Russ; Halligan, John; Raider, Adam (2009). 100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0470736194. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Winner of the Hart Trophy