Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stan Gilbertson
Left-winger Stan Gilbertson played over 400 NHL games on four different clubs in the 70s. He was a decent offensive player whose talent would have been developed more fully if he had not spent most of his career on poor teams.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Gilbertson played junior with the SJHL's Estevan Bruins and Regina Pats. The Boston Bruins prospect toiled in the minors four six years waiting for a chance to make his mark in the NHL. Boston's deep talent pool kept this from happening and the young forward was forced to be content gaining plenty of ice time in the WHL and AHL. In 1969 he scored 13 points in 11 games to help the Hershey Bears win the Calder Cup and two years later he made the league's second all-star team after a 31-goal season.

Gilbertson was granted a chance to work in the NHL when he was claimed by the woeful California Golden Seals at the 1972 Intra-League Draft. He was a solid two way player for over three years in the Golden State including an 18-goal output in 1973-74 when he was teamed with Stan Weir and Hilliard Graves During the 1974-75 season he was trade to the St. Louis Blues where he played 22 games before joining the Washington Capitals. The Caps were so bad that the Seals seemed like a powerhouse by comparison.

The hard working winger did what he could in Washington until he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins midway through the 1975-76 season. The Pens were a half decent club at this time and Gilbertson saw duty on the power play and penalty killing units. He even saw action in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the only time in his career. Gilbertson retired in 1977 after playing 67 games in the Steel City.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Estevan Bruins SJHL 53 15 9 24 41 11 3 2 5 4
1962-63 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 4 1 0 1 2
1963-64 Estevan Bruins SJHL 15 4 1 5 6
1963-64 Regina Pats SJHL 46 34 32 66 79 19 17 16 33 70
1963-64 Estevan Bruins M-Cup 5 0 0 0 6
1964-65 Regina Pats SJHL 53 41 42 83 148 12 9 9 18 46
1964-65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 4 0 1 1 0
1964-65 Regina Pats M-Cup 10 4 4 8 25
1965-66 Clinton Comets EHL 34 7 12 19 64
1965-66 San Francisco Seals WHL 43 1 8 9 32 7 1 1 2 6
1966-67 California Seals WHL 59 6 11 17 25 6 1 3 4 0
1967-68 Vancouver Canucks WHL 69 18 24 42 35
1968-69 Hershey Bears AHL 72 27 19 46 28 11 7 6 13 6
1969-70 Hershey Bears AHL 64 24 20 44 18 7 3 1 4 6
1970-71 Hershey Bears AHL 68 31 18 49 50 4 2 0 2 0
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 78 16 16 32 47 -6
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 66 6 15 21 19 -34
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 76 18 12 30 39 -41
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 15 1 4 5 2 -8
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 1 4 5 4 -5
1974-75 Denver Spurs CHL 10 11 4 15 7
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 25 11 7 18 12 -37
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 31 13 14 27 6 -25
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 48 13 8 21 6 -3 3 1 1 2 2
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 6 9 15 13 -9
NHL Totals 428 85 89 174 148 3 1 1 2 2


AHL Second All-Star Team (1971) Loaned to Estevan by Regina for Memorial Cup playoffs, April, 1964. Signed as a free agent by Boston (San Francisco-WHL), January 13, 1966. Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by Boston for cash, October, 1967. Traded to Boston by Vancouver (WHL) for cash, June, 1968. Loaned to Hershey (AHL) by Boston, October, 1968. Claimed by California from Boston in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971. Traded to St. Louis by California with Craig Patrick for Dave Gardner and Butch Williams, November 11, 1974. Traded to Washington by St. Louis with Garnet Bailey for Denis Dupere, February 10, 1975. Traded to Pittsburgh by Washington for Harvey Bennett Jr., December 16, 1975.
Suffered career-ending leg injury in automobile accident, September 30, 1977.
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