Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Thibaudeau
Gilles Thibaudeau was an offensive centre for five NHL seasons in the 1980s and '90s. He was an explosive scorer in junior and the minors who found his niche in the Swiss League.

The Montreal native played Junior B with the St. Antoine Saints before signing as a free agent with the Canadiens in October 1984. In 1984-85, he scored 52 goals for the Flint Generals and was placed on the IHL second all-star team. He was also the recipient of the Garry F. Longman Memorial trophy as the league's top rookie. Beginning in 1986-87, he was a part time player in Montreal and a reliable point producer on the AHL's Sherbrooke Canadiens. During the 1988 playoffs he scored six points but gained more attention when he began shooting pucks in the direction of a few teammates at practice when venting frustration at not being dressed for an upcoming game.

The tricky forward was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders prior to the 1989-90 season. He played two months for the club before he was traded to the offensive-minded Toronto Maple Leafs. Thibaudeau registered 18 points in 21 games and fit in well with the club that only played at one end of the ice. He played 20 games the next season for Toronto but spent most of his time with the Newmarket Saints of the AHL.

Thibaudeau signed with the HC Lugano of the Swiss League in 1991 then scored 50 goals for Davos in the B Division. He played several years in Switzerland including three seasons with SC Rapperswill-Jona and two with HC Sierre.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 St-Antoine Saints QJHL-B 38 63 77 140 146
1984-85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 7 2 4 6 2
1984-85 Flint Generals IHL 71 52 45 97 81 7 3 1 4 18
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 61 15 23 38 20
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 1 3 4 0 +5
1986-87 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 62 27 40 67 26
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 5 6 11 0 +6 8 3 3 6 2
1987-88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 59 39 57 96 45
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 32 6 6 12 6 +5
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 20 4 4 8 17 +2
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 6 5 8 13 0
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 7 11 18 13 +6
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 10 7 13 20 4
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 2 7 9 4 -7
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 60 34 37 71 28
1991-92 HC Lugano Swiss 33 29 17 46 12 4 6 3 9 2
1992-93 HC Davos Swiss-2 36 51 25 76 18 7 7 4 11 6
1993-94 HC Davos Swiss 36 32 15 47 8 4 2 0 2 6
1994-95 HC Davos Swiss 36 17 20 37 24 5 5 4 9 0
1994-95 Canada Nat-Tm 3 1 1 2 0
1995-96 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 36 26 27 53 12 4 4 1 5 4
1996-97 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 45 25 16 41 26 3 0 1 1 25
1997-98 SC Rapperswil-Jona Swiss 40 18 29 47 32 7 6 3 9 2
1998-99 HC Sierre Swiss-2 35 21 25 46 26 3 2 1 3 2
1999-00 HC Sierre Swiss-2 35 23 19 42 40
2000-01 Laval Chiefs QSPHL 23 10 9 19 8 12 1 3 4 4
NHL Totals 119 25 37 62 40 8 3 3 6 2


IHL Second All-Star Team (1985)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL - Rookie of the Year) (1985)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, October 9, 1984. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, September, 1989. Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders with Mike Stevens for Jack Capuano, Paul Gagne and Derek Laxdal, December 20, 1989.
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