Defenceman Barry Gibbs played nearly 800 games for five different team between 1967 and 1980. He was an aggressive defender in his own end and could supply a decent amount of offense from the point.
Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Gibbs played junior with the Estevan Bruins. He was the first player taken in the 1966 Amateur Draft when the Boston Bruins called his name. Although he saw some NHL action, Gibbs spent most of his first two pro seasons developing with the CHL's Oklahoma City Blazers. In 1969 he was named the CHL's top defenceman and placed on the first all-star team. The Bruins were deep on the blueline with the likes of Bobby Orr, Don Awrey, Dallas Smith and Rick Smith so Gibbs was sent to the Minnesota North Stars for draft picks.
The steady rearguard spent 5 1/2 years supplying solid two way play on the Stars. In 1971 he was one of best players when Minnesota gave the Montreal Canadiens all they could handle in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Two years later he scored a personal high ten goals and was picked to participate in the NHL All-Star game. In January, 1975, the veteran blueliner was traded to the Atlanta Flames for Dean Talafous and Dwight Bialowis. He was an integral part of the club for parts of four seasons then played briefly with the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. In 1980-81, Gibbs played his first minor league season in a decade before retiring.