Dave Forbes was a solid defensive left-winger who could contribute offense on occasion during his 363-game NHL career in the 1970s. He was a tireless worker in the corners and along the boards and did not shy away from playing rough.
Forbes attended the American International University in Springfield, MA. He scored 102 goals in four seasons then played in three different minor pro leagues in 1971-72. The next season he scored a combined 30 goals for the Boston Braves of the AHL and the IHL's Dayton Gems. He caught the eye of the Boston Bruins' scouts and was signed as a free agent at the start of training camp in 1973. Forbes went on to become the first graduate of AIU to make it in the NHL.
Forbes looked solid as a rookie in 1973-74 and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup finals. He scored a career-high 18 goals in 1974-75 then up followed with 16 the next year. A useful role player and penalty killer in 1976-77 as the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup finals, Forbes went on to play four seasons with the Bruins, before being claimed by the Washington Capitals in the summer of 1977.
With the Caps, Forbes scored eleven goals in 1977-78 ans saw action in a mere two games the following year. After playing only two games in 1978-79 Forbes signed with the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers and played 73 games. Forbes played one last year of minor pro with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL before retiring in 1980.