|1975-1976||New York Rangers|
Gilbert is the most prolific scorer in the history of the New York Rangers. Spending his entire 18-season NHL career with New York, Gilbert ranks first in its history in goals (406) and points (1,021) in 1,065 games and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
The Montreal native's skills got him noticed at an early age. At 14, he was playing with grown men in the competition for the Allan Cup, Canada's senior amateur championship. Yvon Prudhomme, the scout who had invited him to play senior hockey, was hired by the Rangers to start a Junior B team, and he signed Gilbert, who also proved to be an adept talent scout -- he urged Prudhomme to sign boyhood friend and linemate Jean Ratelle, who became his longtime center with the Rangers.