Gilles Gilbert Obituary And Cause Of Death: NHL Goalie Died At 74

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Former NHL goaltender Gilles Gilbert, who was known for being great on the ice as well as a humanitarian, has passed away at the age of 74.

Gilles gained prominence during his time with the Boston Bruins in the 1979 playoffs, particularly in Game 7 of the semi-finals against the Montreal Canadiens. 

Excelling as a goaltender, he showcased remarkable agility, lightning-fast reflexes, and an unmatched competitive spirit.

Late Gilles Gilbert
Late Gilles Gilbert (Source: Reddit)

His NHL career commenced in 1969 when the Minnesota North Stars drafted him.

However, it was his time with the Boston Bruins from 1973 to 1980 that solidified his legendary status in hockey.

During his tenure with the Bruins, Gilbert significantly contributed to the team’s success.

The goaltender earned a reputation for making incredible saves and maintaining composure under pressure.

He played a pivotal role in the Bruins’ Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1976, endearing himself to the Boston crowd and earning the affectionate nickname “Gilbert the Great.”

Gilles Gilbert Obituary And Cause Of Death

Gilles Gilbert, the former goaltender for the Boston Bruins, died on Saturday, August 5, at the age of 74. 

He was born on April 7, 1950, in Saint-Esprit, Quebec, Canada, and was passionate about sports from an early age.

He is survived by his family, whose identity remains unknown. Regardless, they were his biggest fans and always supported him throughout his career.

Following his retirement, Gilbert returned to Quebec, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Throughout his career, he left a lasting impact on the ice and utilized his platform to make a meaningful difference beyond the sport.

He remained actively engaged in humanitarian work, inspiring the next generation of hockey players with his love for the game.

Tragically, the cause of Gilbert’s death remains unknown, but it is evident that the hockey world is mourning the loss of a true icon.

A Legend On Ice 

Gilles Gilbert’s NHL journey began when the Minnesota North Stars selected him as the 25th overall pick in the third round of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft.

In May of 1973, the Stars traded him to the Boston Bruins, which was the peak of his career. During his time with the Bruins, he played 277 games over seven years.

However, his tenure with the team ended, and he was later traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1980.

Unfortunately, Gilbert’s success did not carry over to the Red Wings, as the team’s performance weakened, and his time in Detroit was not as prosperous.

He ultimately retired after the 1983 season, concluding his career with 192 wins, 143 losses, and 60 ties, along with a .883 SV% and a 3.27 GAA.

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