Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Forbes
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Lachine Maroons MMJHL
1967-68 American International U. NCAA 5 13 10 23
1968-69 American International U. NCAA 21 32 25 57
1969-70 American International U. NCAA 17 27 15 42
1970-71 American International U. NCAA 21 30 22 52
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 42 8 11 19 83
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 3 0 0 0 2 7 1 0 1 0
1971-72 Dayton Gems IHL 10 5 2 7 29
1972-73 Boston Braves AHL 27 10 11 21 32 10 3 5 8 27
1972-73 Dayton Gems IHL 49 20 29 49 194
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 63 10 16 26 41 +9 16 0 2 2 6
1973-74 Boston Braves AHL 11 2 6 8 35
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 69 18 12 30 80 +22 3 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 79 16 13 29 52 +15 12 1 1 2 5
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 73 9 11 20 47 +13 14 0 1 1 2
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 77 11 11 22 119 -34
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 1 1 2 0
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 73 6 5 11 83 3 0 1 1 7
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 38 15 15 30 47
NHL Totals 363 64 64 128 341 45 1 4 5 13


Signed as a free agent by Boston, September, 1973. Claimed by Washington from Boston in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Cincinnati (WHA) after clearing NHL waivers, October 25, 1978.