Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pete Babando
Pete Babando was a stocky left-winger who had a knack for notching big goals. He was a solid worker for four different clubs during his half dozen NHL seasons and was a proficient scorer in the minors.

Babando played junior in the OHA with the Galt Kists and Red Wings. In 1945-46, the Boston Bruins prospect scored 25 goals in 32 games for the EHL's Olympics. After a solid year with the AHL's Hershey Bears, Babando joined Boston in 1947-48 where he enjoyed an excellent rookie season with 23 goals. Following this exemplary performance, the young winger was the runner-up to Detroit's Jim McFadden in the Calder Trophy voting.

Babando scored 19 goals in 1948-49 but was part of the package used by Boston to acquire all-star defenceman Bill Quackenbush from the Red Wings. Although he was strictly used on a checking line with Max McNab and Joe Carveth in 1949-50, the crafty winger scored two huge playoff goals. They both came in the seventh and deciding game of the finals against the Rangers and the second marker, at 8:31 of double overtime, brought the Stanley Cup to Motown.

A few weeks after his extra-period heroics, Babando was part of a nine-player deal between Detroit and Chicago. He spent two and a half years in the Windy City playing chiefly with former "Pony Line" members Bill Mosienko and Doug Bentley. Halfway through the next season, the veteran winger was acquired by the New York Rangers for cash.

Babando played the last 29 games of the 1952-53 season then spent 14 years in the minors. The highlights of this period included three straight 20-goal seasons for the AHL's Buffalo Bisons in the mid-1950s and a 55-goal performance for the Clinton Comets of the EHL in 1962-63.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1942-43 Holman Pluggers NOHA
1943-44 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 6 2 0 2 10 4 1 2 3 2
1943-44 South Porcupine Porkies TMHL
1944-45 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 19 13 10 23 30
1945-46 Boston Olympics EAHL 32 25 10 35 50 12 8 8 16 10
1946-47 Hershey Bears AHL 51 19 26 45 81 11 2 0 2 0
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 60 23 11 34 52 5 1 1 2 2
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 58 19 14 33 34 4 0 0 0 2
1949-50 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 6 6 12 25 8 2 2 4 2
1950-51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 18 19 37 36
1951-52 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 49 11 14 25 29
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 29 5 5 10 14
1952-53 New York Rangers NHL 29 4 4 8 4
1953-54 Buffalo Bisons AHL 63 21 43 64 46 3 2 0 2 2
1954-55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 59 20 30 50 61 10 5 6 11 6
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 59 26 19 45 65 5 1 1 2 2
1956-57 Buffalo Bisons AHL 33 7 9 16 30
1957-58 North Bay Trappers NOHA 16 9 8 17 44
1958-59 Whitby Dunlops OHA-Sr. 50 22 27 49 28 9 3 5 8 8
1958-59 Whitby Dunlops Al-Cup 12 3 5 8 8
1959-60 Whitby Dunlops OHA-Sr. 53 28 34 62 48 10 8 3 11 12
1960-61 Clinton Comets EHL 1 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Clinton Comets EHL 67 43 68 111 37 6 2 3 5 4
1962-63 Clinton Comets EHL 66 55 83 138 26 13 9 22 31 16
1963-64 Clinton Comets EHL 68 26 65 91 34 15 12 11 23 34
1964-65 Clinton Comets EHL 61 37 65 102 26 11 8 6 14 2
1965-66 Clinton Comets EHL 1 1 0 1 0
1966-67 Clinton Comets EHL 71 39 49 88 101 9 2 4 6 4
NHL Totals 351 86 73 159 194 17 3 3 6 6


EHL 2nd All-Star Team (1962)
EHL 1st All-Star Team (1963)
EHL North 2nd All-Star Team (1967)
Traded to Detroit by Boston with Claire Martin, Lloyd Durham and Jimmy Peters for Bill Quackenbush and Pete Horeck, August 16, 1949. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Harry Lumley, Jack Stewart, Al Dewsbury and Don Morrison for Jim Henry, Bob Goldham, Gaye Stewart and Metro Prystai, July 13, 1950. Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago for cash, January 9, 1953. Traded to Montreal by NY Rangers with Ed Slowinski for Ivan Irwin, August 8, 1953. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by Montreal with Gaye Stewart and Ed Slowinski for Jackie Leclair and cash, August 17, 1954.
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