Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Marotte
Defenceman Gilles Marotte played over 800 NHL games for five different clubs in the 1960s and '70s. He was a fine playmaker who could work the point on the power play and handle the rough going in his own end.

The Montreal native was a junior standout with the OHA's Niagara Falls Flyers before joining the parent Boston Bruins early in the 1965-66 season. The youngster played well for the Beantowners but was included in the infamous trade that brought Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge to Boston from Chicago in May 1967. Marotte was a solid two-way defenceman for three seasons in the Windy City but was part of the package sent to the L.A. Kings to acquire Bill White and Gerry Desjardins.

The West Coast agreed with Marotte as he was given a great deal of responsibility and power-play time. In 1972-73, he set a personal best with 45 points and was a key factor in the club's transition game. The following season he was sent to the New York Rangers as part of a multi-player deal that brought Mike Murphy to the Kings. In his first year with the "Blueshirts," he helped them reach the semi-finals where they succumbed to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers.

Prior to the 1976-77 season, Marotte was acquired by the St. Louis Blues but was only used in 47 games. He retired in 1978 after playing a year with the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers and Indianapolis Racers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 Victoriaville Bruins QJHL 43 15 28 43 10 1 3 4 6
1962-63 Victoriaville Bruins QJHL 52 12 25 37 10 1 7 8 20
1963-64 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 56 12 34 46 160 4 0 0 0 9
1963-64 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 13 4 9 13 30
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 52 12 25 37 122 11 2 0 2 50
1965-66 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 13 2 20 22 52
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 51 3 17 20 52
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 67 7 8 15 112
1967-68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 73 0 21 21 122 +4 11 3 1 4 14
1968-69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 5 29 34 120 +23
1969-70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 51 5 13 18 52 -3
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 21 0 6 6 32 -8
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 6 27 33 96 -9
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 10 24 34 83 -33
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 6 39 45 70 -21
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 1 11 12 23 -19
1973-74 New York Rangers NHL 46 2 17 19 28 +7 12 0 1 1 6
1974-75 New York Rangers NHL 77 4 32 36 69 0 3 0 1 1 4
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 57 4 17 21 34 -3
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 3 4 7 26 -13 3 0 0 0 2
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 26 1 10 11 46 7 2 0 2 2
1977-78 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 29 1 7 8 58
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 44 2 13 15 18
NHL Totals 808 56 265 321 919 29 3 3 6 26


QJHL First All-Star Team (1963)
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1965) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1973)
Traded to Chicago by Boston with Jack Norris and Pit Martin for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield, May 15, 1967. Traded to Los Angeles by Chicago with Jim Stanfield and Denis DeJordy for Bryan Campbell, Bill White and Gerry Desjardins, February 20, 1970. Selected by Edmonton (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles with Real Lemieux for Sheldon Kannegiesser, Mike Murphy and Tom Williams, November 30, 1973. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from NY Rangers, October 12, 1976. WHA rights traded to Cincinnati (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) for cash, July, 1976. Traded to Indianapolis (WHA) by Cincinnati (WHA) with Blaine Stoughton for Bryon Baltimore and Hugh Harris, January, 1978.
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