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NHL legend with Galt roots passes away

Before his days in the NHL, Pete Babando played the 1943-44 and 1944-45 seasons with Galt of the old Ontario Hockey Association
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A Detroit Red Wings folk hero, and former Galt Red Wing, has passed away.

According to family, Pete Babando died Wednesday morning at the age of 94.

The man is most commonly known for scoring the first-ever Stanley Cup winning goal in sudden death overtime of a Game 7, when he scored the clincher at 8:31 in double overtime to lift the Wings over the New York Rangers 4-3 in 1950.

Before Babando moved up to the pro ranks, he played two seasons with Galt of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1943-1945.

Babando played six years in the NHL, collecting 86 goals and 159 points in 351 regular season games, split between the Boston Bruins, Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers.


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