Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Sabourin
As a youngster, Gary Sabourin displayed one hockey virtue above all others. He was possessed with a burning desire to play the game. While playing on the rivers near his hometown, he was widely recognized as a local phenom. By 1962-63, he made it to the OHA with the Guelph Royals where, through pure and honest toil, he scored nearly a point a game. He then jumped to the Kitchener Rangers and continued on the same trend for one additional campaign.

Sabourin then turned pro in the New York Rangers' chain with the St. Paul Rangers of the CHL in 1964. He remained in the CHL until 1967 when the expansion St. Louis Blues secured his rights in a sizeable trade with New York.

He remained in the minors for a short spell and then finally cracked the NHL barrier for most of the 1967-68 season. From that point on, he became a big-league regular who continued to exceed the expectations of those around him. Through his more than six years with the club, he established himself as a hardworking sparkplug who picked up his checks and scored in streaks.

In spite of a weak knee, Sabourin applied himself to winning a spot behind a plethora of right wingers already with the Maple Leaf club. But ice time was scarce and by December, he sat out a game and never got back into the lineup. At the close of the season, he was traded to California.

In Seals' country, Sabourin found himself a new role as the veteran brought in to provide a steady hand for the youngsters on the team. But after one successful season, the club folded and moved to Cleveland to become the Barons. The aging winger made the move as well, but found that old injuries were about to punctuate his ten-year NHL career. He acquiesced to nature by retiring for keeps after only 33 games in a Barons' sweater.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1961-62 Orangeville Crushers OHA-B
1962-63 Guelph Royals OHA-Jr. 42 14 26 40 119
1963-64 Kitchener Rangers OHA-Jr. 53 16 34 50 111
1963-64 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 6 2 1 3 9 2 0 0 0 0
1964-65 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 59 16 22 38 92 11 0 7 7 16
1965-66 Minnesota Rangers CPHL 66 11 30 41 118 7 3 1 4 16
1966-67 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 23 25 48 121 12 2 2 4 12
1967-68 St. Louis Blues NHL 50 13 10 23 50 +11 18 4 2 6 30
1967-68 Kansas City Blues CPHL 18 8 10 18 16
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 25 23 48 58 +23 12 6 5 11 12
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 28 14 42 61 -9 16 5 0 5 10
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 14 17 31 56 +4
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 28 17 45 52 +3 11 3 3 6 6
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 21 27 48 30 -5 5 1 1 2 0
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 7 23 30 27 -9
1974-75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 5 18 23 26 -13
1975-76 California Golden Seals NHL 76 21 28 49 33 -7
1976-77 Cleveland Barons NHL 33 7 11 18 4 -6
NHL Totals 627 169 188 357 397 62 19 11 30 58


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1970, 1971) Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Bob Plager, Gord Kannegiesser and Tim Ecclestone for Rod Seiling, June 6, 1967. Traded to Toronto by St. Louis for Eddie Johnston, May 27, 1974. Traded to California by Toronto for Stan Weir, June 20, 1975. Transferred to Cleveland after California franchise relocated, August 26, 1976.
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