Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilbert Dionne
Gilbert Dionne, the younger brother of NHL hall-of-famer Marcel Dionne, was the fourth-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1990, selected 81st overall.

Dionne was somewhat of a late bloomer in junior, although he did have an excellent final season of major junior action, scoring 48 goals and 57 assists for 105 points with the OHL's Kitchener Rangers in 1989-90. Dionne led the Rangers all the way to the Memorial Cup final in Hamilton that year, where they lost in double overtime to Eric Lindros and the Oshawa Generals. During that 17-game playoff run, Dionne scored 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points. His performance caught the attention of scouts, but because he was a 19-year-old, teams were wary about using him with a high draft pick. Finally, the Canadiens selected him in round four.

Dionne dressed for two games in 1990-91, but was essentially relegated to the bench, seeing very little ice time. The majority of his season was spent in Fredericton. It was the following year that Dionne broke into the Habs lineup for 329 games, scoring 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points. In 1992-93, he dressed for 75 games, scoring 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points. During the playoffs, Dionne raised his game to another level, playing sound two-way hockey, scoring six goals and six assists in 20 games as the Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings to win the Stanley Cup four games to one.

In 1993-94, the organization had hoped Dionne would be able to improve upon his offensive numbers, but in 74 games he registered just 45 points. Injuries and a drop in production limited him to just 19 games the following year before he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Since that trade, Dionne has played in just 27 NHL games, 22 with the Flyers and five with the Florida Panthers, registering just one goal. Most of Dionne's on-ice performances since 1996 have been in the minors, where he still plays. He had consecutive 40-goal seasons with the Carolina Monarchs of the AHL in 1996-97 and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL in 1997-98 but was not called up to the big leagues at any time. Dionne played for three more seasons with the Cyclones, hoping, in vein, to get the call back to the NHL.

In 2001-02 Dionne is playing for Krefeld Penguins of the German Elite League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Niagara Falls Canucks ON-Jr.B 17 9 6 15 16
1987-88 Niagara Falls Canucks ON-Jr.B 36 36 48 84 60
1988-89 Kitchener Rangers OHL 66 11 33 44 13 5 1 1 2 4
1989-90 Kitchener Rangers OHL 64 48 57 105 85 17 13 10 23 22
1989-90 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 4 6 10 8
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1990-91 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 77 40 47 87 62 9 6 5 11 8
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 21 13 34 10 +7 11 3 4 7 10
1991-92 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 29 19 27 46 20
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 20 28 48 63 +5 20 6 6 12 20
1992-93 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 3 4 3 7 0
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 19 26 45 31 -9 5 1 2 3 0
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 0 3 3 2 -3
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 20 0 6 6 2 -1 3 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 5 1 2 3 0 0
1995-96 Carolina Panthers AHL 55 43 58 101 29
1996-97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 72 41 47 88 69
1997-98 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 76 42 57 99 54 +8 9 3 4 7 28
1998-99 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 76 35 53 88 123 +4 3 0 2 2 6
1999-00 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 81 34 49 83 88 +3 11 4 3 7 8
2000-01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 80 23 43 66 46 -20 5 0 2 2 0
2001-02 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 57 15 26 41 26 3 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Hannover Scorpions Germany 51 17 29 46 55
2003-04 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 17 22 20 42 6
2004-05 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 27 16 29 45 6
2005-06 Cambridge Hornets OHA-Sr. 19 11 24 35 8
NHL Totals 223 61 79 140 108 39 10 12 22 34


Brother of Marcel
NHL All-Rookie Team (1992)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1996)
IHL First All-Star Team (1998)
IHL Second All-Star Team (2000)
Traded to Philadelphia by Montreal with Eric Desjardins and John LeClair for Mark Recchi and Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Martin Hohenberger) in 1995 Entry Draft, February 9, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Florida, January 29, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati (IHL), July 23, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 31, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Hannover (Germany), May 3, 2002.