The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Dennis Gilbert to a one-year contract for the 2021-22 season.
Gilbert, 24, skated in three games with the Avalanche this past season, his first with the organization after being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 10, 2020. He made his Avalanche debut on Jan. 19 at Los Angeles and ultimately missed 13 contests with an upper-body injury from Feb. 20-March 14. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound blueliner also appeared in 17 games with the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles, recording eight points (1g/7a).
Gilbert has collected three points (1g/2a) in 25 career NHL contests with Chicago and Colorado. He played a career-high 21 games during the 2019-20 campaign, recording his first career NHL point (assist) on Dec. 12, 2019 at Arizona and scoring his first career NHL goal on Dec. 27, 2019 vs. NY Islanders. The Buffalo, New York, native has produced 29 points (7g/22a) in 110 career AHL outings with the Rockford IceHogs and the Eagles.
Chicago's third-round selection (91st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Gilbert made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on April 3, 2019 vs. St. Louis. He spent the majority of that 2018-19 season-his first as a professional-with Rockford, tallying 14 points (5g/9a).
Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound rearguard played three seasons at the University of Notre Dame, where he had 42 points (6g/36a) over 116 college games. He was named the Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman and was named to the Hockey East Third All-Star Team as a sophomore in 2016-17. Before he enrolled at Notre Dame, Gilbert played one season with the Chicago Steel where he was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team.