Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dutch Reibel
Dutch Reibel played only one season of junior hockey with the Winsdor Spitfires of the OHA in 1949-50. It was all he needed to make his mark in the minds of the NHL's managing ranks. During that lone campaign, Reibel became the first player in the Ontario league's history to surpass the 100-point mark in a single season.

On the strength of such a scoring flourish, he turned pro in the Red Wings chain, putting in a stint with Omaha of the USHL. He then stepped up the ladder with the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL where he won rookie-of-the-year honours in 1952.

Next, he put in a season with the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL where he led the league in scoring with 102 points in 82 games. The Red Wings could no longer ignore the exploits of their right wing prospect. In 1953-54, Reibel finally joined the Wings lineup where he was placed on a line with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. As a talented playmaker, Reibel scored at a very steady clip, helping his club to two Stanley Cup victories during his four and a half seasons with the team. In 1956, his Red Wing success was topped off with a Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play.

But in 1957, the Wings traded Reibel to the Chicago Blackhawks?a move that marked a dramatic decline in his hockey career. He had thrived on sense of fidelity and consistency of skating for the Wings. Once the ties were cut, he no longer played with his usual zeal. He lasted only 40 games with the Hawks and was then sold to the Bruins where he played one full season before being dispatched to the minors.

Reibel played out his pro career with the Provicence Reds of the AHL. When the club announced plans to ship him to San Francisco in 1961, he decided to pre-empt their move by retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1948-49 Kitchener Greenshirts ON-Jr.B
1949-50 Windsor Spitfires OHA-Jr. 48 53 76 129 14 11 7 14 21 2
1950-51 Omaha Knights USHL 32 13 25 38 6 10 0 6 6 2
1951-52 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 68 33 34 67 8
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 34 56 90 14 12 6 6 12 4
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 15 33 48 18 9 1 3 4 0
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 25 41 66 15 11 5 7 12 2
1955-56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 17 39 56 10 10 0 2 2 2
1956-57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 13 23 36 6 5 0 2 2 0
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 29 4 5 9 4
1957-58 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 40 4 12 16 6
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 63 6 8 14 16 4 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Providence Reds AHL 69 20 46 66 6 5 0 1 1 0
1960-61 Providence Reds AHL 43 7 18 25 2
NHL Totals 409 84 161 245 75 39 6 14 20 4


Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1952)
WHL First All-Star Team (1953)
Lady Byng Trophy (1956) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1954, 1955)
Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Billy Dea, Bill Dineen and Lorne Ferguson for Hec Lalande, Nick Mickoski, Bob Bailey and Jack McIntyre, December 17, 1957. Claimed by Boston from Chicago in Intra-League Draft, June 3, 1958.