R.I.P. Gilles

Gilles and Terry

Very sad to hear the news that Gilles Tremblay has passed away. He was 75.

Gilles was one of the elite left wingers of his era but his career would end at just 31 years old, mostly due to asthma. Gilles was never lucky when it came to avoiding health issues and injuries.

He was called up from the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens during the 1960-61 season, and hoisted the Stanley Cup four times in the late 1960s with the Canadiens, his only NHL team.

A Hab from 1960-61 to 1968-69, and one of the best.

R.I.P. Gilles. Thanks for the memories.

Below, Gilles in the third row of the 1961-62 team picture, on the far right between Dickie Moore and Marcel Bonin. It was his first full season with the Canadiens, and one in which he would notch a career high 32 goals and 22 assists in 70 games, at a time when 20 goals was considered outstanding.

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4 thoughts on “R.I.P. Gilles”

  1. DK, it’s sad in a way to gaze at that team photo & know just how many we cheered loudly for & are no longer with us!

  2. It always saddens me to hear of the passing of a great player who brought so much excitement and joy to hockey fans.

    Rest in peace Gilles, and condolences to your family.

  3. It’s truly sad, Mike. Great players, great memories. Imagine being a Montreal Canadien back then, like in the 1960s as Tremblay was. But it’s like Paul,I think (maybe Ringo) said when he was asked what it was like to be a Beatle. He answered that he didn’t know because he was one of them at the time. Which I completely get. It’s different looking from the outside in. I remember Tremblay as a great left winger, right behind Bobby Hull on star left wingers, although as it got into the late 1960s, as you know Mike, we weren’t always focused on hockey.

  4. Great words, Danno. I love those old Habs, Danno, the ones that spent their entire career wearing only the CH. This is a special bunch and somebody should write a book about them.

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