Rod Gilbert

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Rod Gilbert
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1982
Born(1941-07-01) July 1, 1941 (age 72)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotRight
Played forNew York Rangers
National team Canada
Playing career1960–1978
Websitehttp://www.rodgilbert.com
 
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Rod Gilbert
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1982
Born(1941-07-01) July 1, 1941 (age 72)
Montreal, QC, CAN
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotRight
Played forNew York Rangers
National team Canada
Playing career1960–1978
Websitehttp://www.rodgilbert.com

Rodrigue Gabriel Gilbert (born July 1, 1941) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League. He played right wing on the GAG (goal-a-game) line that also featured Vic Hadfield and Jean Ratelle. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982, and was the first player in New York Rangers history to have his number retired. Rod currently works for the New York Rangers Organization.

Playing career[edit source | edit]

During the 1959–60 OHA season, he slipped on some garbage strewn onto the ice and fell back into the boards. He broke the fifth verterbra in his back and doctors were worried they might have to amputate his legs when blood clots ensued. Gilbert started his career with the Rangers after finishing his junior career with the Guelph Royals during the 1960–61 season.

It did not take long for Gilbert to become popular with the Garden faithful, and he did not disappoint as he rose in prominence as an NHL star. However, it was not without pain. In 1965–66, his career was nearly derailed when he went through a second spinal fusion operation.[1] This surgery was performed by Dr. Kazuo Yanagisawa. He lost half a season, but he bounced back with a strong season in 1966–1967. On February 24, 1968, he established himself as a bona fide NHL star as he scored four goals in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. It was stardom from there. The Ratelle-Hadfield-Gilbert line, called the GAG (Goal-A-Game) line, would terrorize enemy goaltenders for years. He was with Team Canada when they took on the Soviets in the 1972 Summit Series. He won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1976 for his perseverance regarding his back troubles.

At the beginning of the 1977–78 NHL season, Gilbert and Rangers' General Manager John Ferguson got into a contract dispute. When Gilbert finally returned to play, he was no longer the Gilbert of old. He retired after 19 seasons, having never led the Rangers to a Stanley Cup. His number 7 was retired by the Rangers on October 14, 1979; Gilbert's #7 was the first number to be retired by the Rangers. After his playing career was over, he opened his own restaurant 'Gilbert's' on Third Avenue near 75th street in Manhattan.

Awards and honors[edit source | edit]

Records[edit source | edit]

Career statistics[edit source | edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1957–58Guelph BiltmoresOHA321416300
1958–59Guelph BiltmoresOHA5427346140
1959–60Guelph BiltmoresOHA473952910
1959–60Trois-Rivières LionsEPHL34610052242
1960–61Guelph RoyalsOHA4754491030
1960–61New York RangersNHL10112
1961–62New York RangersNHL1000042354
1961–62Kitchener-Waterloo BeaversEPHL211211232240004
1962–63New York RangersNHL7011203120
1963–64New York RangersNHL7024406462
1964–65New York RangersNHL7025366152
1965–66New York RangersNHL3410152520
1966–67New York RangersNHL642818461242246
1967–68New York RangersNHL732948771265054
1968–69New York RangersNHL662849772241012
1969–70New York RangersNHL721637532264590
1970–71New York RangersNHL78303161651346108
1971–72New York RangersNHL734354976416781511
1972–73New York RangersNHL7625598425105162
1973–74New York RangersNHL7536417720133584
1974–75New York RangersNHL763661972231342
1975–76New York RangersNHL7036508632
1976–77New York RangersNHL7727487550
1977–78New York RangersNHL192796
18 seasonsCareerNHL106540661510215087934336743

International play[edit source | edit]

International statistics

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
1972CanadaSS61349
1977CanadaWC922412

Trivia[edit source | edit]

Gilbert is one of ten athletes who were featured in American artist Andy Warhol's 1979 Athlete Series of paintings that featured prominent sports figures from the 1970s. Others appearing include O.J. Simpson, Chris Evert and Pelé. [1][dead link]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Kreiser & Friedman. 'The New York Rangers: Broadway's Longest Running Hit'. Sports Publishing LLC, 1996

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