Charlie Babstock’s specialty in hockey was scoring goals. He had all of the qualities of a successful goal scorer; an innate instinct for the net, shooting accuracy, a touch of nastiness and an exceptionally hard shot. While playing in the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association (NAHA) with the St. John’s Capitals he established himself as one of the best scorers. In his rookie year with the Capitals, he led the team in goal scoring during the regular season and again in the play-offs.
His talent earned him an offer to play professional hockey in 1974 with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers in the German Elite League where he led in goal scoring. Leaving after one season, he returned home to help St. John’s to a Herder Championship in 1975 and would go on to win three Provincial Herder Senior Men’s Hockey Championships. He also played in three National Allan Cup Senior Hockey Championships and for his exceptional scoring exploits Charlie was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.
In addition to his scoring talents in hockey, Charlie played soccer with the Guards Athletic Association, Memorial University and represented the province at the 1973 Canada Summer Games in British Columbia. He showed that he could defend and score goals which earned him starting positions on all the teams he played with. Named Guards Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Year and MVP for 1979, he played Masters hockey between 1985 and 2014 in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland Labrador.
Prior to leaving the game, Charlie was involved in a number of recreational leagues in St. John’s. And, since retiring from the RCMP, he has spent the last eight years as a member of the St. John’s Soccer Club’s Hosting Committee to help make sure that numerous National and Provincial Championship tournaments were successful.