A former Stanley Cup Champion has passed away.
According to an official announcement from the Rochester Americans former National Hockey League left-winger Dick Gamble has died, he was 89 years of age. While no cause of death has been shared with the public at this time, this is usually an indication that the deceased passed from natural causes. At 89 years of age Gamble certainly lived a full life, one that was filled with moment that many of us can only dream of. He passed away on Thursday.
During his tenure in the National Hockey League Gamble played with the Montreal Canadiens, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs although he may be best known for his dominance at the American Hockey League level. That's not to say that he did not have a successful NHL career.
Gamble was a former Stanley Cup Champion, a honor he achieved in 1953 as a member of the Montreal Canadiens where he played alongside some of the greatest legends in the history of the sport. Gamble's team that year included legendary goaltender Jacques Plante, arguably the most well-respected captain in the history of the sport of hockey Jean Beliveau and of course Maurice "The Rocket" Richard.
Over the course of his career in the National Hockey League Gamble would play in 195 games and would record 41 goals and 41 assists over that span. He also kept his nose relatively clean with just 66 total penalty minutes ever attributed to him. That however was just one small chapter in his illustrious hockey career.
One Gamble began to play in the American Hockey League he quickly became one of the most dominant players in the history of that league, making his name as a member of the Rochester Americans. Gamble would become that franchises all-time leading scorer during his tenure there, a record that he held until 1992 when it was broken by Jody Gage.
Despite the fact that Gage would break is scoring record for the Rochester Americans, to this day Gamble remains one of the most decorated players in the history of the American Hockey League. Over the course of his AHL career he recorded 468 goals, good enough for fourth all time in that league, and 892 points, good enough for fifth all time in that league.
He also lined his trophy case during his time with the Rochester Americans, during the 1965-1966 season Gamble recorded 47 goals and 51 assists for a total of 98 points and was named the league's most valuable player that year. He also would go on to win the Calder Cup Championship, the American Hockey League's version of the Stanley Cup Championship, on three different occasions all with the Rochester Americans.
One of Gamble's most famous quotes is when he confidently boasted that he felt his Rochester Americans could have beaten some NHL teams any day of the week.
“I enjoyed playing here better than anywhere, even Montreal because there was so much pressure in Montreal,’’ Mr. Gamble said as per The Democrat and Chronicle. “Before expansion, I know our team could’ve beat a couple (NHL) teams every day, give or take. But like everything else, there’s politics in the hockey world. But I enjoyed it here and I’ve been here ever since. It’s a great place to live. What can one say? Here I am.’’
Our thoughts go out to the Gamble family at this time.
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