Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gates Orlando
Gates Orlando was talented offensive centre who played 98 games for the Buffalo Sabres in the 80s. He was a consistent scorer in the minors and Europe and eventually played internationally for Italy.

Born in Montreal, Orlando spent the 1979-80 season with the junior Canadiens of the QMJHL before enrolling at Providence College. He played four years for the Friars and was selected 164th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the 1981 Entry Draft. After scoring 49 points in 30 games in 1983-84, he was named to the ECAC first all-star team. Orlando was a fine scorer for the Rochester Americans of the AHL and played most of his NHL hockey with a weak Buffalo team in 1985-86.

When the Sabres added talented centres like Pierre Turgeon, Orlando headed to Europe. He starred in Italy with the HC Meran, Bolzano and Milano Devils teams. Internationally he excelled for Italy at the "B" Pool World Championships. He was named the best forward at the 1990 tournament and selected to the all-star team when he led Italy to the "B" Pool title in 1991 and promotion to the "A" flight.

Between 1992 and 1998 Orlando represented Italy at seven consecutive "A" Pool World Championships. He also took part in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics and the 1998 Nagano Games and was a domestic star for the Swiss team SC Bern.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 70 28 44 72 50 9 6 5 11 8
1980-81 Providence College ECAC 31 24 32 56 45
1981-82 Providence College ECAC 28 18 18 36 31
1982-83 Providence College ECAC 40 30 39 69 32
1983-84 Providence College ECAC 30 21 28 49
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 11 8 7 15 2 18 4 10 14 6
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 3 6 9 6 +3 5 0 4 4 14
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 49 26 30 56 62 2 0 1 1 6
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 13 12 25 29 -7
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 3 4 0 4 10
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 2 8 10 16 -6
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 44 22 42 64 42 18 9 13 22 14
1987-88 HC Merano Italy 36 49 44 93 66
1987-88 Rochester Americans AHL 13 4 13 17 18 7 2 6 8 6
1988-89 HC Bolzano Italy 44 57 45 102 66
1989-90 HC Bolzano Italy 36 64 62 126 18 6 8 10 18 6
1989-90 Italy WEC-B 7 9 4 13 6
1990-91 HC Bolzano Italy 27 39 33 72 29 10 8 15 23 12
1990-91 Italy WEC-B 7 8 4 12 2
1991-92 HC Devils Milano Alpenliga 11 8 7 15 2
1991-92 HC Milano Saima Italy 18 21 22 43 12 11 11 17 28 42
1991-92 Italy WC-A 5 0 3 3 4
1992-93 HC Lion Milano Alpenliga 25 19 27 46 46
1992-93 HC Lion Milano Italy 16 9 18 27 14 11 5 9 14 23
1992-93 Italy WC-A 6 1 0 1 2
1993-94 HC Devils Milano Alpenliga 30 16 31 47 29
1993-94 SG Milano Saima Italy 20 16 44 60 10 8 8 10 18 27
1993-94 Italy Olympics 7 3 6 9 4
1993-94 Italy WC-A 6 3 4 7 6
1994-95 SC Bern Swiss 36 24 31 55 58 6 3 7 10 8
1994-95 Italy WC-A 6 1 2 3 12
1995-96 SC Bern Swiss 34 15 26 41 62 11 10 8 18 45
1995-96 Italy WC-A 6 2 5 7 6
1996-97 SC Bern Swiss 46 26 56 82 34 13 7 10 17 12
1996-97 SC Bern EuroHL 6 4 6 10 10
1996-97 Italy WC-A 8 5 4 9 14
1997-98 SC Bern Swiss 38 16 32 48 73 7 6 3 9 18
1997-98 Italy Olympics 4 1 2 3 4
1997-98 SG Cortina Italy 2 3 0 3 4
1997-98 Italy WC-A 6 3 2 5 2
1998-99 HC Lugano Swiss 28 12 20 32 34 11 6 5 11 10
1998-99 Italy WC-A 3 0 1 1 4
1999-00 Rochester Jr. Americans EmJHL
2000-2002 Adirondack IceHawks UHL
2002-2003 Albany River Rats AHL
NHL Totals 98 18 26 44 51 5 0 4 4 14


ECAC First All-Star Team (1984)
Named Best Forward at WEC-B (1990)
WEC-B All-Star Team (1991)
Named Head Coach of Adirondack IceHawks <(UHL), June 23, 2000.
Named Assistant Coach of Albany (AHL), August 21, 2002.
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