Gilles Gilbert (born March 31, 1949 in Saint-Esprit, Quebec) is a retired ice hockey goaltender who was drafted in the third round of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft from the London Knights. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Minnesota North Stars and Detroit Red Wings, but most notably for the Boston Bruins, as their starter in the 1970s when Hall of Fame goalie Gerry Cheevers, who helped the Bruins win the cup in 1970 and 1972, was playing in the WHA for a few years. Gilbert was a great back up goalie for Cheevers with the Bruins.
Gilles Gilbert signs autographs for fans at Boston Garden on April 1, 1975.
March 31, 1949|
Saint-Esprit, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Minnesota North Stars|
Detroit Red Wings
25th overall, 1969|
Minnesota North Stars
Gilbert played in the 1961 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the junior Quebec Aces.
In 1973-74, he was traded to the Bruins as a replacement for Gerry Cheevers who had gone to the World Hockey Association (WHA), played in the NHL All-Star Game, and helped the team to the Stanley Cup finals that year.
Gilbert recorded 17 playoff victories for Boston. As of 2019 he ranks sixth in all-time playoff wins among Boston goaltenders.
Gilbert was the Bruins goalie during the 1979 Stanley Cup playoffs semifinal game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens, when Guy Lafleur tied the game after the infamous too many men penalty against Boston, and then Yvon Lambert scored the series-winning goal in overtime; Gilbert was still named the game's first star. Cheevers was benched after losing the first two games of the series, and Gilbert took over as the starter thereafter, overall being named the game's first star three times in the five games against Montreal. Montreal's Steve Shutt exclaimed of these performances that “Gilles Gilbert stood on his head. He was the reason they got to the seventh game”.
Gilbert was in net for Detroit on February 11, 1982, when the Vancouver Canucks became the first team with two successful penalty shots in the same game, as Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka scored for the Canucks in the third period of a 4-4 tie.
Regular season and playoffs
|1966–67||Thetford Mines Canadiens||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||5||3||1||276||18||0||3.91||—|
|1969–70||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||1||0||1||0||60||6||0||6.00||.846||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||17||5||9||2||931||59||0||3.80||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||4||1||2||1||218||11||0||3.03||.891||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||22||10||10||2||1320||67||2||3.05||.904||1||0||1||60||4||0||4.00||.900|
|1980–81||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||48||11||24||9||2618||175||0||4.01||.866||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||27||6||10||6||1478||105||0||4.26||.849||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||20||4||14||1||1137||85||0||4.49||.850||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||4||3||0||0||198||11||0||3.33||.890||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
"Gilbert's stats". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
He currently resides in Quebec City.
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- "1976: Boston goalie Gilles Gilbert extends his NHL-record". Chicago Tribune. February 29, 2000.
- Farber, Michael. "Too Many Men". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- "Guy Lafleur on Gilles Gilbert and famed blast for 1979 playoff goal: "I think I ruined his career." | the Province". January 6, 2012.
- Maquire, Liam (November 20, 2012). Next Goal Wins!: The Ultimate NHL Historian's One-of-a-Kind Collection of Hockey Trivia. Random House of Canada. p. 20. ISBN 9780307363411. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- "Today In Canucks History". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- "N.H.L. Scoreboard: Brodeur Passes Hainsworth to Become Undisputed Shutout King". New York Times. December 31, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2015.