Warren Babe

Warren Babe is probably best remembered for being the victim on a Patrick Roy lumberjack attack in 1987. Babe, Minnesota's 1st choice, 12th overall in the 1986 Entry Draft, was just a green rookie when he was viciously slashed in the leg by Roy on October 19th, 1987. Roy would be suspended for eight games, while Babe missed a month of action.

Babe was a pretty promising prospect, blessed with size and strength and good goal scoring ability, at least in junior. But he never got a chance to prove himself at the professional level. Soon after he returned from the Roy incident he was sent back to junior to complete the season. He would only get into two more seasons of play, mostly in the minor leagues, thanks to a series of concussions.

The most serious concussion Babe encountered was during an exhibition game prior to the 1990-91 season. Winnipeg's Shawn Cronin slashed Babe for his 14th documented concussion. On doctor's advice he sat out the entire season. He tried come back in the 1990-91 season, playing with Minnesota's farm team in Kalamazoo, but he retired at the end of the year after suffering another concussion.

The once-promising, strapping, Trevor Linden-like kid from Medicine Hat, Alberta only had a chance to play in 21 NHL games over 4 injury devastated seasons.


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