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GILLES TREMBLAY (1960-1969)

Gilles
Tremblay

1952-1963
Position L
Shoots L
Weight 170lbs
Height 5'10"
Date of birth December 17th, 1938
Place of birth Montmorency, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 9
Other numbers 5
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 509 168 162 330 43 161
1960-1961 45 7 11 18 0 4
1961-1962 70 32 22 54 0 28
1962-1963 60 25 24 49 0 42
1963-1964 61 22 15 37 0 21
1964-1965 26 9 7 16 0 16
1965-1966 70 27 21 48 0 24
1966-1967 62 13 19 32 0 16
1967-1968 71 23 28 51 28 8
1968-1969 44 10 15 25 15 2
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 48 9 14 23 0 4
1960-1961 6 1 3 4 0 0
1961-1962 6 1 0 1 0 2
1962-1963 5 2 0 2 0 0
1963-1964 2 0 0 0 0 0
1965-1966 10 4 5 9 0 0
1966-1967 10 0 1 1 0 0
1967-1968 9 1 5 6 0 2

DESPITE PLAYING THROUGH AN INJURY-PLAGUED CAREER, LEFT WINGER GILLES TREMBLAY, ONE OF THE FASTEST SKATERS IN THE NHL IN THE 1960S, NOTCHED AT LEAST 20 GOALS IN FIVE SEASONS.

A fast and skilled left-winger who played a strong two-way game and excelled at every level, Gilles Tremblay spent nine years in Montreal but his time in a Canadiens uniform began some years before his 1960-61 NHL debut. Suiting up for the Hull-Ottawa Junior Canadiens, he was part of a team that Sam Pollock and Scotty Bowman took to a Memorial Cup Championship in the spring of 1958.

The next fall, Tremblay turned pro and kept his bleu-blanc-rouge sweater for two more years, remaining in the national capital before finally moving on to the NHL with the Canadiens.

He made his NHL debut in 1960-61 and carved out a spot on the Habs’ roster with his speed and ability to adapt to any situation. Tremblay scored seven goals in 45 games in his rookie campaign and six more in the playoffs. He stepped up when others fell to injury in his sophomore year, notching a career-high 32 goals while playing in every one of the 70 games on the schedule.

Four other seasons would come to an end with Tremblay managing to break the 20-goal benchmark despite spending an increasing amount of time shadowing the top right-wingers in the league. Able to skate and turn with them in close quarters, Tremblay shut down the big guns with brains rather than brawn.

His team ended a five-year playoff drought in 1964-65 but Tremblay missed out, recovering from a leg injury he suffered less than halfway through the season. He finally had his chance to sip from the Stanley Cup for the first time the following spring. Tremblay and the Habs repeated in 1967-68 and his name was engraved a third time following the 1968-69 championship.

While the team went all the way in 1969, Tremblay didn’t. His career came to a sudden end at the age of 33, when respiratory problems forced him to hang up his skates 44 games into the season.

In 505 regular season games, he scored 168 times and assisted on another 162 goals. His lifetime playoff record includes 23 points in 48 games.

Forced off the ice as a result of a severe asthmatic condition, Tremblay still remained in the game. Joining the media ranks at the outset of the 1970s, Tremblay became one of the first ex-players to get into the broadcasting field. Teamed with the legendary René Lecavalier, Tremblay learned from the best in the business and spent the next 27 years as part of the Saturday night broadcast team for “La Soirée du Hockey”.

In 2002, the broadcasting fraternity and the Hockey Hall of Fame took note of Tremblay’s long career behind the microphone and rewarded him with the Foster Hewitt Award.