Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brent Gilchrist
A solid two-way forward, Brent Gilchrist hoped to add depth and experience to the powerful Detroit Red Wings in 2001-02. Since making his NHL debut in 1988-89, he has embraced offensive and checking roles with equal enthusiasm.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Brent Gilchrist starred in the WHL with the Kelowna Wings and Spokane Chiefs. Chosen 79th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1985, Gilchrist returned to junior where he recorded consecutive 40-goal seasons. During his rookie season in 1988-89, Gilchrist played smart hockey and helped Montreal reach the Stanley Cup final. He continued to serve as a reliable player defensively for another two years before breaking out offensively with 23 goals in 1991-92. A few months later he was part of the package sent to the Edmonton Oilers for forward Vincent Damphousse.

Before the end of the 1992-93 season Gilchrist was traded to the Minnesota North Stars and remained with the franchise when it relocated to Dallas a few months later. Gilchrist received plenty of ice time as a checker and offensive sparkplug under coaches Bob Gainey and Ken Hitchcock.

In the summer of 1997, Gilchrist signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings and helped the club win its second straight Stanley Cup. After missing the most of the next two seasons recovering from a serious hernia operation. The veteran forward rebounded in 2000-01 with a solid defensive performance in 60 games for the Wings and returned to the Lone Star state midway through the 2001-02 season.

Following a brief stint with the Stars, Gilchrist signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators in the summer of 2002 and went on to play a mere 41 games after suffering a back injury forcing him to retire from the game.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Vernon Vipers Minor-BC
1983-84 Kelowna Wings WHL 69 16 11 27 16
1984-85 Kelowna Wings WHL 51 35 38 73 58 6 5 2 7 8
1985-86 Spokane Chiefs WHL 52 45 45 90 57 9 6 7 13 19
1986-87 Spokane Chiefs WHL 46 45 55 100 71 5 2 7 9 6
1986-87 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 10 2 7 9 2
1987-88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 77 26 48 74 83 6 1 3 4 6
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 8 16 24 16 +9 9 1 1 2 10
1988-89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 7 6 5 11 7
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 9 15 24 28 +3 8 2 0 2 2
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 2 0 0 0 12
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 6 9 15 10 -3 13 5 3 8 6
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 23 27 50 57 +29 11 2 4 6 6
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 10 10 20 47 -10
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 8 0 1 1 2 -2
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 76 17 14 31 31 0 9 3 1 4 2
1994-95 Dallas Stars NHL 32 9 4 13 16 -3 5 0 1 1 2
1995-96 Dallas Stars NHL 77 20 22 42 36 -11
1996-97 Dallas Stars NHL 67 10 20 30 24 +6 6 2 2 4 2
1997-98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 61 13 14 27 40 +4 15 2 1 3 12
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 0 -1 3 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 24 4 2 6 24 +1 6 0 0 0 6
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 1 8 9 41 -8 5 0 1 1 0
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 1 1 2 8 -3
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 26 2 5 7 6 -6
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 41 1 2 3 14 -11
NHL Totals 792 135 170 305 400 90 17 14 31 48


Traded to Edmonton by Montreal with Shayne Corson and Vladimir Vujtek for Vincent Damphousse and Edmonton's 4th round pick (Adam Wiesel) in 1993 NHL Draft, August 27, 1992. Traded to Minnesota by Edmonton for Todd Elik, March 5, 1993. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 1, 1997. Claimed by Tampa Bay from Detroit in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1998. Traded to Detroit by Tampa Bay for future considerations, October 5, 1998.
Missed majority of 1998-99 and 1999-2000 due to hernia surgery, September 22, 1998. Claimed on waivers by Dallas from Detroit, February 13, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 11, 2002.
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to back injury vs. Edmonton, January 18, 2003.
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