Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dick Gamble
For young Dick Gamble, Moncton, New Brunswick was a great place to grow up and play hockey as an amateur or a minor pro. But the city was, for the most part, uncharted territory for NHL scouts. Fortunately for Gamble, though, fellow Moncton native Gordie Drillon returned from the NHL wars to scout for the odd east-coast gem, which he found in Gamble.

So, "Grumps," as he was known, was sent west to hone his skills with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA where he became a prolific scorer. But the Maple Leafs, who held his NHL rights, felt he was too small to be of use. Instead, Punch Imlach brought Gamble to the Quebec Aces where in 1950-51 he notched 94 points in 77 games.

Dick Irvin, Sr. took notice, bringing the young ace to Montreal in 1951. During his first full season, Gamble potted 42 points and a chance to skate with Rocket Richard and Elmer Lach. But injuries and illness took their toll, taking the steam out of his scoring touch. By 1953, after an All-Star game appearance, Gamble was traded to the Blackhawks, returned to the Canadiens and then sent back to Imlach and his Aces.

By 1957, Gamble joined the AHL where thirteen seasons with the Buffalo Bisons and the Rochester Americans established him as one of the most prolific and durable scorers in league history. He nailed down eleven 30-goal plus seasons and is ranked fifth among all-time point scorers and fourth in all-time goals.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1944-45 Moncton Bruins NBJHL 3 3 1 4 2 10 25 9 34 2
1945-46 Moncton Bruins NBJHL 3 1 0 1 7 3 6 3 9 2
1945-46 Saint John Pontiacs M-Cup 4 8 3 11 0
1945-46 Halifax St. Mary's M-Cup 1 1 0 1 0
1946-47 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 24 15 20 35 26 5 3 0 3 0
1947-48 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 34 31 16 47 21 3 0 0 0 2
1948-49 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 46 39 23 62 10 2 2 0 2 0
1949-50 Quebec Aces QSHL 56 20 25 45 18 12 9 3 12 4
1950-51 Quebec Aces QMHL 58 46 34 80 44 19 10 8 18 14
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 23 17 40 8 7 0 2 2 0
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 11 13 24 26 5 1 0 1 2
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 32 4 8 12 18
1953-54 Montreal Royals QHL 32 20 25 45 49 10 5 1 6 4
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 14 2 0 2 6
1954-55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 45 38 21 59 26 10 4 4 8 6
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 3 3 8
1955-56 Quebec Aces QHL 52 23 24 47 45 7 4 5 9 14
1956-57 Quebec Aces QHL 63 35 14 49 28 10 4 4 8 8
1956-57 Quebec Aces Ed-Cup 6 3 2 5 8
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 32 22 54 32
1958-59 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 31 30 61 24 11 2 2 4 14
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 27 50 77 22
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 40 36 76 18 4 2 0 2 6
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 66 39 29 68 32 2 0 2 2 0
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 70 35 22 57 16 2 0 1 1 0
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 72 34 34 68 4 2 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 70 48 29 77 16 10 5 8 13 6
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 1 0 1 0
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 71 47 51 98 22 12 2 9 11 16
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 72 46 37 83 22 13 4 2 6 8
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 67 20 22 42 77 4 0 1 1 8
1968-69 Rochester Americans AHL 74 30 37 67 37
1969-70 Rochester Americans AHL 8 1 4 5 6
NHL Totals 195 41 41 82 66 14 1 2 3 4


QMHL First Team All-Star (1951)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1955, 1962, 1965, 1967)
AHL First All-Star Team (1961, 1966)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (AHL - Leading Scorer) (1966)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (1966) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1953)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 24, 1951.
Montreal loaned Murdo MacKay to Quebec (QMHL) as compensation. Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with the rights to Eddie Dorohoy for Hy Buller with Montreal holding right of recall if Dorohoy failed to make NY Rangers roster, June 8, 1954.
Transaction cancelled after Buller retired, September, 1954. Traded to Chicago by Montreal for Bill Shevtz and cash with Montreal holding right of recall, October 9, 1954. Rights returned to Montreal by Chicago, November 23, 1954. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by Montreal for cash, July, 1957. Traded to Toronto by Buffalo (AHL) for Dave Creighton, July, 1961. Rights transferred to Vancouver (WHL) after WHL club purchased Rochester (AHL) franchise, August 13, 1968.
Named playing coach of Rochester (AHL), August 23, 1968.