Baby, John

Defense   R. 6' 195 lbs.
5/18/1957 Sudbury, Ontario
Cleveland's 5th, 59th overall, in 1997.

Sudbury Ontario native John Baby was born on May 18, 1957 and the defenseman went on to have a brief career in the National Hockey League.

Baby made his NHL debut with the Cleveland Barons in 1977-78, getting into 24 games and scoring two goals and nine points. The following year, the Barons franchise merged with the Minnesota North Stars and Baby's right transferred to Minneapolis-St. Paul, where he continued his NHL career for just two games in the 1978-79 season.

Baby spent the majority of that year in the Central Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Stars putting up 40 points in 76 games, including 18 goals, from the blue line.

His offensive output caught the attention of the Quebec Nordiques, who were joining the NHL as the result of a merger with the former World Hockey Association. The Nordiques selected Baby from the North Stars in the Expansion Draft, but he never made it to their roster, spending the year in the minors.

Baby eventually left professional hockey following the 1980-81 season, but returned after two years of retirement to play 46 games for the International Hockey League's Kalamazoo Wings in 1983-84. 

Player Notes
OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1977). Placed on Minnesota Reserve List after Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15th, 1978. Claimed by Quebec from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 13th, 1980