Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gaston Gingras
As a young boy, Gaston Gingras expressed no interest in playing hockey. But by age seven he conceded that if his best buddy were willing to play, then he'd play, too. So Gingras' mother equipped them both and Gaston's career took off.

From early on, he could skate like the wind was at his back. His blueline mobility made him a bluechip prospect wherever he played. Junior stints with the North Bay Trappers, Kitchener Rangers and Hamilton Fincups lead to an under-aged signing with the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA.

Gingras spent one season in the South, joining fellow "Baby Bulls" Goulet, Vaive, Harstburg, Ramage, Riggin and Crowder. But as the remains of the WHA melted down into the NHL, Gingras was summoned to the great hockey temple of Quebec: the Montreal Forum. As a Canadien, he humbly slipped into the dressing room to apprentice with the likes of Robinson, Gainey, Lafleur and Shutt.

But four seasons into his dream, he was dealt to the rival Maple Leafs where he toiled for several years before a return gig in Montreal. In 1986, Gingras reached the peak of his career, winning his first and only Stanley Cup as the Canadiens ousted the Flames in five games.

Gingras rounded out his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues before heading to Europe to play for five seasons in Switzerland and Italy.

His hockey career came to a close in 1996 while serving as a player/coach with the Fredericton Canadiens of the AHL. Since his retirement, Gingras has been a frequent performer in oldtimers' hockey tournaments across Canada.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 North Bay Trappers ON-Jr.A 41 11 27 38 74
1975-76 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 66 13 31 44 94 8 3 3 6 7
1976-77 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 59 13 62 75 134 3 0 1 1 6
1977-78 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 32 13 24 37 31
1977-78 Hamilton Fincups OMJHL 29 11 19 30 37 15 3 11 14 13
1978-79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 60 13 21 34 35
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 3 7 10 18 +11 10 1 6 7 8
1979-80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 30 11 27 38 17
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 55 5 16 21 22 +5 1 1 0 1 0
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 6 18 24 28 +10 5 0 1 1 0
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 1 8 9 8 +10
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 10 18 28 10 +7 3 1 2 3 2
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 7 20 27 16 -30
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 2 2 0 -7
1984-85 St. Catharines Saints AHL 36 7 12 19 13
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 21 3 14 17 6 17 5 4 9 4
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 8 18 26 12 -10 11 2 3 5 4
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 42 11 20 31 14
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 11 34 45 21 -2 5 0 2 2 0
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 1 2 +1
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 7 22 29 18 0 10 1 3 4 4
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 52 3 10 13 6 +1 7 0 1 1 2
1989-90 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 36 17 20 37 6 3 3 6
1990-91 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 13 1 7 8
1991-92 HC Lugano Swiss 38 10 19 29 24
1992-93 HC Gardena Alpenliga 30 10 19 29 28
1992-93 HC Gardena Italy 16 2 21 23 12 3 1 3 4 4
1993-94 HC Gardena Alpenliga 27 5 15 20 6
1993-94 HC Gardena Italy 19 3 14 17 14 2 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 19 3 6 9 4 17 2 12 14 8
1995-96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 39 2 21 23 18
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99 Chesapeake Icebreakers ECHL 5 0 4 4 6 +4
NHL Totals 476 61 174 235 161 52 6 18 24 20


Signed as an underage free agent by Birmingham (WHA), June, 1978. Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Toronto's 2nd round pick (Benoit Brunet) in 1986 NHL Draft, December 17, 1982. Traded to Montreal by Toronto for Larry Landon, February 14, 1985. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal with Montreal's 3rd round pick (later traded to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Kris Draper) in 1989 NHL Draft for Larry Trader and St. Louis' 3rd round pick (Pierre Sevigny) in 1989 NHL Draft, October 13, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Chesapeake (ECHL), February 9, 1999.
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