Dave Forbes

David Stephen Forbes (born November 16, 1948) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player.

Dave Forbes
Born (1948-11-16) November 16, 1948
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Boston Bruins
Washington Capitals
Cincinnati Stingers
Dayton Gems
Boston Braves
Binghamton Dusters
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 19711980

Signed as a free agent in 1973 by the Boston Bruins, Forbes made an impact as a defensive-minded forward as he helped guide the Bruins to the finals in 1974 during his rookie season, and to the finals in 1977. Forbes played four seasons with Boston until he was claimed by the Washington Capitals in the Waiver Draft prior to the 1977–78 season. After playing one season with the Capitals, he was released after only playing two games during the 1978–79 season and signed to play for the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association.

Criminal charges

Forbes was charged with aggravated assault in Minneapolis in 1975 after butt-ending Henry Boucha's eye socket in a game against the Minnesota North Stars. The trial received much publicity as it was highly unusual for an athlete to face criminal charges for assault during a game. The trial ended with a hung jury; the charges were not refiled.[1]


  1. Ray Kennedy, "A nondecision begs the question," Sports Illustrated, July 28, 1975. https://www.si.com/vault/1975/07/28/606678/a-nondecision-begs-the-question

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