Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Gambucci
Minnesota born and raised, Gary Gambucci starred for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1965-68 where he made All-American before becoming a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1968. After stints with the Rochester Mustangs of the USHL and Muskegon Mohawks of the IHL (during which he continued to play for the U.S., including two appearances in the World and European Championships), Gambucci was signed as a free agent by the Canadiens in May 1971.

His rights were traded to his home-state team of Minnesota, where he played nine games in the 1971-72 season, scoring one goal. He spent the rest of 71-72 season with the AHL's Cleveland Barons and the following season with the Cleveland-Jacksonville Barons.

In 1973-74, he was again called up by the North Stars, where he appeared in 42 games, and again he scored a single goal to go with seven assists. He also spent time in 1973-74 with New Haven of the AHL and Portland of the WHL before joining the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA.

Gambucci also represented the USA in the World Championships in 1976. He came from a well-known American hockey family--his father was a likely Boston Bruins draft pick out of the AHL before being called up for military service--and his uncle, Andy, played for the U.S. at the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 University of Minnesota WCHA 28 23 17 40 18
1966-67 University of Minnesota WCHA 29 17 10 27 23
1967-68 University of Minnesota WCHA 31 12 29 41 31
1968-69 United States Nat-Tm
1968-69 United States WEC-A 10 1 1 2 6
1969-70 Rochester Mustangs USHL
1969-70 United States Nat-Tm 6 3 1 4 4 0
1969-70 United States WEC-B 7 11 7 18 4
1969-70 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 4 2 1 3 5
1970-71 United States Nat-Tm 51 47 98
1970-71 United States WEC-A 10 7 3 10 4
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 9 1 0 1 0 +2
1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL 56 10 11 21 37 6 0 0 0 10
1972-73 Cleveland/Jacksonville Barons AHL 75 26 50 76 47
1973-74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 42 1 7 8 9 +5
1973-74 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 2 1 2 3 2
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 21 11 15 26 20
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 67 19 18 37 19 12 4 0 4 6
1974-75 Johnstown Jets NAPro 7 1 7 8 2
1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 45 10 6 16 14
1975-76 United States WEC-A 10 1 4 5 17
NHL Totals 51 2 7 9 9


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1966)
WCHA Sophmore of the Year (1966)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1968)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1968)
WEC-B All-Star Team (1970)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, May, 1971. Rights traded to Minnesota by Montreal with Bob Paradise for cash, May, 1971. Selected by Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights transferred to Vancouver after Philadelphia franchise relocated, May, 1973. WHA rights traded to Minnesota (WHA) by Vancouver (WHA) for cash, June, 1974.