Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Leo Gravelle
Right-winger Leo Gravelle played over 200 NHL games in the 40s and 50s. He was a fine goal scorer who spent much of time playing a defensive role.

Born in Aylmer, Quebec, Gravelle led the OHA with 30 goals in 1944-45 while playing with the St. Michael's Majors. He then enjoyed a productive year in the QSHL with the Montreal Royals before making his NHL debut the next year. In 1946-47 he scored 16 goals as rookie working on an industrious line with Buddy O'Connor and George Allen. "The Gazelle" also chipped in a pair of goals as Montreal drove all the way to the Stanley Cup final.

After spending a year-and-a-half in the minors, Gravelle returned to The Habs and was one of the club's best players during seven game loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the semifinals. Gravelle registered a career high 19 goals in 1949-50 playing on a line with Rip Riopelle and Billy Reay. He started the next season in Montreal then was traded to the Red Wings for Bert Olmstead. Following the deal, Gravelle split the remainder of the schedule between Detroit and the AHL's Indianapolis Capitals.

The veteran winger retired in 1956 after spending five years as a scoring star in the Quebec Senior League. In 1953-54 he led the league with 45 goals as a member of the Ottawa Senators and was named to the QHL first all-star team.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1942-43 Port Colborne Recreationalists OHA-B 1 2 0 2 0 14 25 8 33 12
1942-43 Port Colborne Lions OMHA 3 9 8 17 2 4 0 4 0
1943-44 Brantford Lions OHA-B
1944-45 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 17 30 22 52 6 9 12 9 21 0
1944-45 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 13 10 3 13 8
1945-46 Montreal Royals QSHL 34 21 21 42 20 11 10 4 14 4
1946-47 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 16 14 30 12 6 2 0 2 2
1946-47 Montreal Royals QSHL 2 2 2 4 0
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 15 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Buffalo Bisons AHL 29 11 13 24 7
1947-48 Houston Huskies USHL 24 14 15 29 7 12 4 3 7 0
1948-49 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 4 6 10 6 7 2 1 3 0
1948-49 Buffalo Bisons AHL 25 6 4 10 20
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 19 10 29 18 4 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 4 2 6 0
1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 18 1 2 3 6
1950-51 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 15 4 6 10 0
1951-52 Ottawa Senators QMHL 59 18 26 44 17 7 3 2 5 0
1952-53 Ottawa Senators QMHL 60 28 28 56 4 11 2 5 7 0
1953-54 Ottawa Senators QHL 68 45 41 86 6 22 9 7 16 8
1954-55 Ottawa<196>Chicoutimi QHL 45 13 14 27 6 7 2 1 3 0
1955-56 Montreal Royals QHL 42 13 12 25 11
NHL Totals 223 44 34 78 42 17 4 1 5 2


QHL First All-Star Team (1954) Traded to Detroit by Montreal for Bert Olmstead, December 19, 1950. Traded to Ottawa (QMHL) by Detroit for cash, September 5, 1951.
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