Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gene Ubriaco
Forward Gene Ubriaco was a veteran of nine minor league seasons when expansion in 1967 opened up a job for him in the National Hockey League. It was the new franchise in Pittsburgh that gave Ubriaco his opportunity to strut his stuff at the big league level when they made him a regular during for the 1967-68 season.

In 65 games the versatile forward who played both left wing and center fired home 18 goals, good for third on the team, and 33 points. Despite his success with the Penguins, 49 games into his second year with the club, he was on the move, traded to the Oakland Seals in a six-player trade.

Ubraico's stay in Oakland was short and uneventful. In 42 games over a season and a half, Ubriaco scored just 5 goals and 13 points. Oakland sent the veteran down to the minors in 1969-70 but when he was acquired by the Chicago Black Hawks, he returned to the big leagues.

Ubriaco played the last 21 games of that season, and his career, with Chicago but was ineffective, notching just 1 goal and an assist in that time. The last games of his career came that spring when he suited up for four playoff games with the Hawks.

After a few seasons away, Ubriaco returned to hockey and embarked on the second stage of his career this time as a coach. In 1972-73 he took the reigns of the Lake Superior State hockey program and four years later he was coaching in International League. As the year's passed Ubraico enjoyed great success wherever he went. He won "Coach of the Year" honours in four different leagues (USHL, EHL, CHL, AHL) and in 1988 he was hired by the organization that gave him his start as a player, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ubriaco steered the Penguins into the playoffs for the first time in seven years. When he stumbled out of the gate in year two in Pittsburgh, he was fired. Ubriaco went on to coach the Italian Olympic team in the 1992 Albertbville Olympic Games. Two years later he accepted the job of Director of Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager with the IHL's Chicago Wolves.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1954-55 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 28 2 5 7 14 4 1 1 2 0
1955-56 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 48 26 16 42 44 8 3 4 7 6
1956-57 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 52 22 32 54 49 4 1 3 4 0
1957-58 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 39 19 18 37 43 9 10 6 16 4
1957-58 Kitchener Dutchmen Al-Cup 2 0 1 1 0
1958-59 New Westminster Royals WHL 63 19 19 38 33
1959-60 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 70 30 32 62 40 14 2 4 6 12
1960-61 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 24 4 12 16 27
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 60 16 24 40 15
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 44 13 12 25 14
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 72 22 48 70 21 2 1 0 1 0
1963-64 Hershey Bears AHL 72 13 45 58 36 6 5 3 8 2
1964-65 Hershey Bears AHL 63 15 32 47 12 15 3 6 9 0
1965-66 Hershey Bears AHL 72 42 44 86 18 3 1 1 2 0
1966-67 Hershey Bears AHL 69 38 43 81 50 5 3 0 3 2
1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 18 15 33 16 -13
1967-68 Baltimore Clippers AHL 6 1 4 5 6
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 49 15 11 26 14 0
1968-69 Oakland Seals NHL 26 4 7 11 14 -5 7 2 0 2 2
1969-70 Oakland Seals NHL 16 1 1 2 4 -1
1969-70 Providence Reds AHL 8 2 6 8 8
1969-70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 21 1 1 2 2 -1 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 177 39 35 74 50 11 2 0 2 4


AHL Second All-Star Team (1966) Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Toronto with future considerations (Bruce Draper, September, 1964) for Les Duff, September, 1963. Traded to Pittsburgh by Hershey (AHL) for Jeannot Gilbert, October, 1967. Traded to Oakland by Pittsburgh with Earl Ingarfield and Dick Mattiussi for Bryan Watson, George Swarbrick and Tracy Pratt, January 30, 1969. Traded to Chicago by Oakland for Howie Menard, December 15, 1969.
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