Honoring the Legacy of Gilles Gilbert: A Beloved Boston Bruins Goaltender

Published August 7, 2023 at 9:07 PM

Yesterday, the hockey world mourned the loss of Gilles Gilbert, a seasoned NHL goaltender whose remarkable career spanned fourteen years, from 1970 to 1983.

Throughout his illustrious tenure, Gilbert etched his name into hockey history, leaving an indelible mark with the Boston Bruins during the 1979 playoffs. It was in a gripping showdown against the Montreal Canadiens when the legendary Guy Lafleur unleashed a late game-tying goal, causing the momentum to shift in favor of the Canadiens. The event remains etched in the memories of fans and players alike.

Relive some cherished moments of Gilbert's career through this vintage and rare footage:

Drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the third round of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft, Gilbert eventually found his way to the Bruins in May 1973, following a trade. Embracing his new role in Boston, he displayed his finest form, participating in 277 games over seven years and securing postseason berths in each of the first four seasons. His impressive record with the Bruins stood at 155 wins, 73 losses, and 39 ties, accompanied by a remarkable .890 SV% and a 2.95 GAA.

Following his retirement from the NHL, Gilbert returned to his native Quebec, where he spent the remainder of his life. The entire team at Bruins Insider extends their heartfelt condolences to Gilbert's family during this difficult time. His legacy as a goaltending stalwart will forever hold a special place in the hearts of hockey fans worldwide
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Honoring the Legacy of Gilles Gilbert: A Beloved Boston Bruins Goaltender

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