Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nick Libett
Left-winger Nick Libett used his speed and quick hands to be an asset at both ends of the ice. He reached the 20-goal mark six times and would have been better known if he played on one of the NHL's better clubs.

Born in Stratford, Ontario, Libett played junior with the OHA's Hamilton Red Wings where he recorded three straight 20-goal seasons. He turned pro with the CHL's Memphis Wings in 1966-67 and was called up for 22 games by the parent Detroit Red Wings the next season.

Beginning in 1968-69, the talented winger was a regular in the Wings' lineup for eleven seasons during some lean times. He recorded six 20-goal seasons and scored a career-high 31 in 1971-72 playing on a line with Marcel Dionne and Bill Collins. The Wings made the playoffs just twice during Libett's long tenure in Motown. While he was in the midst of another solid year in 1976-77, he was chosen to play in the NHL All-Star Game for the first and only time in his career.

Following the 1978-79 season, the veteran forward represented Canada at the World Championships. In August 1979 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Pete Mahovlich. Libett was a role player for two years on the Pens before retiring in 1981.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 Stratford Braves ON-Jr.B
1962-63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 32 1 4 5 21
1963-64 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 49 23 19 42 58
1963-64 Cincinnati Wings CPHL 3 0 2 2 0
1964-65 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 51 24 37 61 60
1965-66 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 42 22 22 44 39 5 2 1 3 6
1965-66 Memphis Wings CPHL 4 1 0 1 2
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 62 12 18 30 30 7 2 2 4 4
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 2 1 3 12 -13
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 40 11 28 39 22
1967-68 San Diego Gulls WHL 10 4 2 6 0
1968-69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 10 14 24 34 -16
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 20 20 40 39 +9 4 2 0 2 2
1970-71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 16 13 29 25 -38
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 31 22 53 50 +7
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 19 34 53 56 +1
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 24 24 48 37 -26
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 23 28 51 39 -41
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 20 26 46 71 -9
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 14 27 41 25 -25
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 23 22 45 46 -3 7 3 1 4 0
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 15 19 34 20 +4
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 8 1 0 1 4
1979-80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 14 12 26 14 -19 5 1 1 2 0
1980-81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 43 6 6 12 4 +2
NHL Totals 982 237 268 505 472 16 6 2 8 2


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1977) Traded to Pittsburgh by Detroit for Pete Mahovlich, August 3, 1979.
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