Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Gilbert
Netminder Gilles Gilbert made over 400 appearances in an NHL career that spanned 14 seasons. He was best remembered as the first stringer on the powerful Boston Bruins during the mid-1970s when Gerry Cheevers played in the WHA.

Born in St. Esprit, Quebec, Gilbert was chosen 25th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1969 after posting a 4.55 goals-against average for the OHA's London Knights. During his rookie pro season, he played 39 games for the Iowa Stars of the CHL before serving as a part-timer in Minnesota. The most memorable moment during this stage of Gilbert's career was giving up Jean Beliveau's 500th career goal on February 11,1971. In 1972-73, he played well in 22 games as Cesare Maniago's understudy.

On May 22, 1973, the young netminder was acquired by the Boston Bruins who were trying to find an adequate replacement for the departed Gerry Cheevers and Eddie Johnston. During his first year in Beantown the young netminder posted a 34-12-8 record, played in the NHL All-Star game and helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals. He continued to be the Bruins' chief puckstopper until Cheevers returned late in the 1975-76 schedule.

In the late 1970s Gilbert saw a moderate amount of action but his solid play kept Boston from overworking Cheevers. This helped the Bruins reach the finals in 1977 and 1978 and the semi-finals in 1979. Prior to the 1980-81 season, Gilbert was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for veteran Rogie Vachon. He provided steady netminding and veteran leadership on the struggling young club for three years before retiring in 1983.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1966-67 Trois-Rivieres Reds QJHL 43 23 18 2 1 4.44 14 9 5 0 0 4.59
1966-67 Thetford Mines Canadiens M-Cup 5 3 1 0 0 3.91
1967-68 Trois-Rivieres Reds QJHL
1968-69 London Knights OHA-Jr. 37 1 4.55
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 39 17 16 5 2 3.26 4 2 2 0 0 3.43
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 1 0 0 6.00
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 17 5 9 2 0 3.80
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 4 1 2 1 0 3.03
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 41 20 15 5 2 3.62 4 1 2 0 0 5.78
1972-73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 22 10 10 2 2 3.05 1 0 1 0 4.00
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 54 34 12 8 6 2.95 16 10 6 1 2.64
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 53 23 17 11 3 3.13 3 1 2 0 3.83
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 55 33 8 10 3 2.90 6 3 3 2 3.17
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 34 18 13 3 1 2.85 1 0 1 0 9.00
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 25 15 6 2 2 2.53
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 23 12 8 2 0 3.54 5 3 2 0 3.06
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 33 20 9 3 1 2.73
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 11 24 9 0 4.01
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 6 10 6 0 4.26
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 4 14 1 0 4.49
NHL Totals 416 192 143 60 18 3.26 32 17 15 3 3.03


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1974) Loaned to Thetford Mines (QJHL) by Trois-Rivieres (QJHL) for Memorial Cup playoffs, April, 1967. Traded to Boston by Minnesota for Fred Stanfield, May 22, 1973. Traded to Detroit by Boston for Rogie Vachon, July 15, 1980.
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