Profile: Dustin Pratt

Profile: Dustin Pratt

Dustin Pratt is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently playing for the LA Knights of the International Hockey Association.

Pratt was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, near Edmonton. His family subsequently moved to Edmonton when his father took a job as a clerk in the provincial government. Pratt’s mother, a teacher, continued to work in Fort Saskatchewan for some time, before she finally transferred to an Edmonton school near where the family lived. Pratt and his younger sister had finished elementary school by that time.
Pratt spent much of his time being babysat by an aunt who lived nearby. He, his sister, and his cousins would spend much of their time together, playing impromptu games of baseball, basketball, and soccer in the summer; and hockey in the winter. Pratt soon joined a local hockey team, as well as playing for his school.
Pratt was never a prolific scorer or playmaker. Nonetheless, he was drafted into the WCHL when he was 16 and moved to Calgary to play for the Firebirds. Pratt was scouted by several IHA teams.
He was drafted by the New York Americans using their fourth round pick, 54th overall. The team assigned him to their NCHL affiliate, the Rochester Yankees. Pratt added a physical element to the Yankees play; the Americans were looking to add grit to their roster at the time. Management felt it better to let Pratt develop.
Quick Facts
Birthdate: January 17 (Age: 26)
Height: 6’1 (185 cm)
Weight: 214 lbs (97 kg)
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Draft: 54th overall (New York; 4th Round)
Teams: LA Knights (IHA); Birmingham Royals (NCHL); New York Americans (IHA); Rochester Yankees (NCHL); Minnesota Blue Oxen (NCHL); Rochester Yankees (NCHL)
Pratt was traded to the Minnesota Blue Oxen of the NCHL in a five-player deal, which saw three players leave the Yankees for Minnesota. Pratt played only five games for the Oxen, before suffering a broken ankle.
The Yankees resigned him on a one-year, two-way deal, which allowed the Americans to call him up at will. Pratt played six games for the Americans, and then was traded to the LA Knights, who assigned him to their farm team, the Birmingham Royals, based in Kansas.
The loss of winger Isaac Shapiro late in the season opened a space for Pratt. Although a natural right-winger, Pratt played well on the left for the Knights, appearing in six games. Pratt’s size made him an ideal replacement for the gritty Shapiro, and Pratt recorded both his first IHA fight and 4 penalty minutes in his first game for the Knights.
He played half a season with the Knights the following season, before a sprained ACL sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He split time between the Royals and the Knights for the following two seasons. In 2015, he signed a two-year contract with the Knights, effective until 2017.

Personal Life

Pratt is an ardent supporter of veterans and during the 2015-16 season, he supported a program for bringing veterans to Knights home games. Pratt is also involved in several charity groups, many of which support veterans returning from oversea details.

Scoring

IHA

Season Age TM GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH
1 22 NYA 6 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 22 LAK 6 0 1 1 0 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 23 LAK 42 4 10 14 -1 14 3 1 0 0 7 5 2
3 24 LAK 32 8 10 18 +1 34 7 1 0 1 7 2 1
4 25 LAK 34 5 11 16 0 32 5 0 0 1 8 3 0
5 26 LAK 82 10 15 25 +1 44 7 2 1 8 6 1 0
Career 202 27 47 74 0 138 22 4 1 10 29 11 3

Other League

LG Age TM GP G A PTS +/- PIM
NCHL 20 ROY 44 2 6 8 0 46
NCHL 21 ROY 42 1 10 11 -1 34
NCHL 21 MIN 5 0 0 0 0 0
NCHL 22 ROY 10 0 1 1 0 8
NCHL 22 KSB 64 1 9 10 -1 22
NCHL 24 KSB 44 3 9 12 +1 24
NCHL 25 KSB 48 2 11 13 0 24
Career 257 9 46 55 0 158

Awards and Honors

  • -IHA Player of the Week (x1)

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