Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Hamel
Following in the footsteps of older brother, Jean, Gilles Hamel entered the NHL when Buffalo chose him in 1979 at the Entry Draft. He was assigned to the AHL Rochester Americans but played part of the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons in a Sabres sweater. He played full time in Buffalo from 1982 until 1986, consistently registering 40 or more points. Buffalo traded Hamel to Winnipeg straight up for Scott Arniel in June 1986. He turned in another solid performance in Winnipeg during the 1986-87 season, scoring a career high 27 goals.

His production fell off the following year, and in November of 1988, the Jets traded him to the L.A. Kings for Paul Fenton. Hamel spent about half of the 1988-89 season in the minors, and played eight games the following year in France before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Thetford Mines Fleur-de-Lys QJHL 60 29 33 62
1977-78 Laval National QMJHL 72 44 37 81 63 5 2 2 4 4
1978-79 Laval National QMJHL 72 56 55 111 130
1979-80 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 12 13 8 21 8
1979-80 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 58 73 62 135 87 12 10 6 16 18
1979-80 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 51 10 9 19 53 -8 5 0 1 1 4
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 14 8 7 15 7
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 2 7 9 2 -1
1981-82 Rochester Americans AHL 57 31 44 75 55
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 22 20 42 26 +4 9 2 2 4 2
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 21 23 44 37 +4 3 0 2 2 2
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 18 30 48 36 -3 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 25 44 61 -27
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 27 21 48 24 +3 8 2 0 2 2
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 63 8 11 19 35 -16 1 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Moncton Hawks AHL 14 7 5 12 10
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 0 1 1 2 -3
1988-89 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 34 9 9 18 12 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 HC Caen France 8 8 7 15 10
NHL Totals 519 127 147 274 276 27 4 5 9 10


Brother of Jean
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1979)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1980)
Traded to Winnipeg by Buffalo for Scott Arniel, June 21, 1986. Traded to Los Angeles by Winnipeg for Paul Fenton, November 25, 1988.