Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Curt Giles
Curt Giles was a steady defenceman who could pass the puck up ice effectively. He played nearly 900 games for three different teams between 1979-80 and 1992-93 but was best known as a fixture on the Minnesota North Stars' blueline.

Born in The Pas, Manitoba, Giles played four years with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and was chosen 54th overall by the North Stars. He began the 1979-80 season with the CHL's Oklahoma City Stars but joined Minnesota when injuries hit their defence corps. Giles stepped in and showed surprising poise for a rookie while helping the team reach the semifinals. Along the way the young Stars defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the quarterfinals to end their four-Cup dynasty.

Beginning in 1980-81 Giles was a regular for over six years in Minnesota and helped the squad reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history in 1981. The next year, after Minnesota was upset in the first round of the playoffs, he joined Team Canada and helped them win the bronze medal at the World Championships. Early in the 1986-87 season the steady rearguard was traded to the New York Rangers but returned to his original club twelve months later. In 1991 his veteran savvy helped Minnesota reach the finals for the second time.

Giles spent the 1991-92 season with the Canadian national team and scored a goal as the team won the silver medal at the Albertville Olympics. Following the Olympics he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues and provided experience until he retired in 1993.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Humboldt Broncos SJHL 49 10 13 23 39
1974-75 Humboldt Broncos SJHL
1975-76 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 34 5 17 22 76
1976-77 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 37 12 37 49 64
1977-78 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 34 11 36 47 62
1978-79 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 30 3 38 41 38
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 37 2 7 9 31 -9 12 2 4 6 10
1979-80 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 42 4 24 28 35
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 3 1 1 2 8
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 67 5 22 27 56 +9 19 1 4 5 14
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 3 12 15 87 +15 4 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Canada WEC-A 10 0 1 1 12
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 2 21 23 70 +11 5 0 2 2 6
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 6 22 28 59 +2 16 1 3 4 25
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 5 25 30 49 +3 9 0 0 0 17
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 69 6 21 27 30 +19 5 0 1 1 10
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 11 0 3 3 4 +2
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 61 2 17 19 50 +3 5 0 0 0 6
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 13 0 0 0 10 -5
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 59 1 12 13 66 -28
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 5 10 15 77 +2 5 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 1 12 13 48 +3 7 0 1 1 6
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 4 10 14 48 +3 10 1 0 1 16
1991-92 Canada Nat-Tm 31 3 6 9 37
1991-92 Canada Olympics 8 1 0 1 6
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 1 1 2 8 -3 3 1 1 2 0
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 0 4 4 40 -2 3 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 895 43 199 242 733 103 6 16 22 118


WCHA First All-Star Team (1978, 1979)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1978, 1979)
Traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota with Tony McKegney and Minnesota's 2nd round pick (Troy Mallette) in 1988 NHL Draft for Bob Brooke and Minnesota's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Jeffrey Stolp) in 1988 NHL Draft, November 13, 1986. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers for Byron Lomow and future considerations, November 20, 1987. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, February 29, 1992.
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