Rod Gilbert (Rodrigue Gabriel Gilbert( (born July 1, 1941) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played with Vic Hadfield and Jean Ratler on the right wing on the GAG line (the Goal-a-Game line). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982 and was the first player in New York Rangers history to have a retired jersey number. Gilbert currently works for the New York Rangers organization.
Gilbert was born in Montreal and grew up as a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. In 1960, while playing youth hockey for OHA’s Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatter, Gilbert slipped on some debris scattered on the ice and fell on the board, breaking a vertebra in his back and temporarily paralyzing him.
A mistake in the corrective surgery caused her leg to bleed. The doctor was concerned that he would have to amputate her limb, but Gilbert recovered.
After the Guelph Royals ended their youth career, Gilbert joined the Rangers at the end of the 1960-61 NHL season. He was quickly greeted by Rangers fans and became famous as an NHL star. However, he is not without pain. From 1965 to 1966, he underwent a second spinal fusion surgery and his career was almost derailed. The operation was performed by Dr. Yanagisawa Kazuo. Gilbert did not participate in the game for half a season, but he recovered in the 1966-67 season and scored 28 goals. On February 24, 1968, he scored 4 goals against the Montreal Canadiens.
Over the years, the Ratelle-Hadfield-Gilbert production line, called the GAG production line, has proven to be powerful. He played for the Canadian team in the 1972 summit series against the Soviet Union. He won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 1976 because of his perseverance with back problems.
At the beginning of the 1977-78 NHL season, Gilbert and Rangers general manager John Ferguson had a contract dispute. When Gilbert finally returned to the game, he was no longer old Gilbert, he retired after 19 seasons and never won the Stanley Cup. His number 7 was retired by the Rangers on October 14, 1979. This was the first number the team retired.
In 1969, he owned his first restaurant. [Citation needed] After he finished his career, he opened his own restaurant “Gilbert” on Third Avenue near 75th Street in Manhattan. [Appointment needed] As of 2017, Gilbert has represented the Dream Garden Foundation more than 30 times a year. This is an outreach program that works with children in the community.