A towering 6'6" defenceman, Gilles Lupien played over 200 NHL games with three different clubs. He played abrasively in his own zone and cleared the puck out of harm's way on a regular basis.
Born in Lachute, Quebec, Lupien spent four years in the QMJHL with three different franchises. He was taken 33rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1974 Amateur Draft then spent three years developing with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL. Lupien was a solid sixth defenceman on the Habs and was a member of the 1978 and 1979 Stanley Cup teams.
Prior to the 1980-81 season, the towering blueliner was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins but was sent to the Hartford Whalers before the end of the year. He retired as a player in 1982 after spending most of the season with the AHL's Binghamton Whalers. After leaving the game, Lupien became a player agent and one of his first high profile clients was goalie Felix Potvin.