Centre Ed Gilbert played parts of three seasons with the Kansas City Scouts and Pittsburgh Penguins in the mid-70s. He was a fine scorer in junior and the minors but was not able to make a long term impact as a big leaguer.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario Gilbert played junior B with the local Kilty B's before joining the hometown Red Wings of the OHA. He was chosen 46th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1972 after a 33-goal season in Hamilton. Gilbert settled in with the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs but his chances of breaking into the Habs' powerful line up were slim.
In June, 1974 Gilbert was plucked by Kansas City in the Expansion Draft, He scored 16 goals as a rookie and often formed a useful line with Randy Rota and Lynn Powis. After a slow start the next season his ice time was reduced and he was traded to the Penguins. He played a few games for his new club but saw most of his ice time with the AHL's Hershey Bears. After sitting out a year, Gilbert played 29 games for the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers in 1978-79 before retiring for good.