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LW Greg Gilbert

Selke finishes (8, 22)
3x Top 10 +/- (6, 7, 10)
Career +109
378 points in 837 career games
3x Stanley Cup champion
50 points in 133 playoff games

Left-winger Greg Gilbert played over 800 NHL games with four different clubs in the 80s and 90s. He possessed above average offensive talent but carved a niche for himself as a big leaguer based on stellar defensive work and leadership skills.

Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Gilbert scored nearly 200 points in three seasons with the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA/OHL. He was chosen 80th overall by the New York Islanders in 1980 then returned to junior to continue his development. He began the 1982-83 season with the CHL's Indianapolis Checkers then was recalled to the parent club a third of the way through the schedule.

Gilbert looked solid while playing ten playoff games to help the Islanders win their fourth straight Stanley Cup. The next season he scored 31 goals while playing...and aided the club's drive to the final where they lost to the Edmonton Oilers. Gilbert eventually settled into a checking role on the club as it began to rebuild in the mid-80s.

Prior to the trade deadline in March, 1989 Gilbert was sent to the Chicago Black Hawks. He fit in well under the close-checking systems of Mike Keenan and Darryl Sutter. In 1992 he was an important role player on the Hawks when they drove all the way to the Stanley Cup final. The veteran winger was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers prior to the 1993-94 season then contributed to the franchise's first Stanley Cup triumph. Gilbert played parts of two seasons with the St. Louis Blues before ending his career in 1995-96.

THE INTANGIBLES Gilbert is a determined, dedicated hockey player. He battled back from a knee injury that could have ended his career. He does not take no for an answer.

Gilbert won two Stanley Cups with the Isles after joining the team in 1982, and posted his career zenith of 31 goals and 35 assists, with a plus-51 rating, in 1983-84. As the years passed, the redheaded Ontario native became a solid defensive forward for Mike Keenan's Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers teams.

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