Perreault Still Unhappy About Lack of Ice Time

Gilbert Perreault, one of the NHL's most talented forwards in the history of the game, was just a youngster when he made Team Canada '72.  He had just come off of his second NHL campaign, and getting a chance to skate, practice and play with so many of the NHL's greatest stars was a huge thrill to the Buffalo Sabres superstar.

Unfortunately many of the younger players on the team didn't get a genuine chance to play due to the closeness of the series. Perreault only got into 2 games and scored a lucky but spectacular goal in game 4 in Vancouver. He danced into the Soviet zone as only the leader of the French Connection could, before circling behind Vladislav Tretiak's net and attempting to center the puck. Instead the puck bounced off of a Soviet player and behind Tretiak for a goal. Perreault called that goal the highlight of the tournament for himself. He was probably the only player on the team to call the dreadful Vancouver game a highlight.

Perreault was the center of controversy when he left Team Canada before the series was over. Perreault, Richard Martin, Jocelyn Guevremont and Vic Hadfield (originally the departing group was said to be much larger) left the team to return to their respective NHL camps. Perreault and Martin said they felt pressured by Sabres boss Punch Imlach to return home since they were not playing. The departing players had the blessing of Team Canada to do so, and almost unanimous respect from their teammates despite leaving early. The Canadian media tried to make a bigger deal out of the issue than it seemed to actually be.

Reportedly Perreault boycotts 1972 Team Canada reunions because he is still upset that he did not get to play a bigger role in the tournament.


1972 Summit Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #33 - Gilbert Perreault - Center

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Born: 11/13/1950 Victoriaville, Quebec
1972 NHL Team: Buffalo Sabres

Summit Series Statistics

2 1 1 2 0 4 11 2

Other Team Canada Appearances

Perreault was a key offensive contributor to two Canada Cup teams. In 1976 he finished second in scoring with 8 points as Canada won the championship. In 1981 he formed a dream line with Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafleur and had 9 points in just 4 games before getting injured. Had the dream line remained in tact, Canada would have had a better chance against the Soviet team that won the title.

NHL Career Notes - One of the most entertaining players to watch, Perreault was as gift was they come offensively. He spent his entire career in Buffalo where he formed one of the most dangerous forward lines of all time - the French Connection line with Rick Martin and Rene Robert.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 1191 512 814 1326 500
NHL Playoffs  90 33 70 103 44


Book Feature
Read Gilbert Perreault's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


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1972 Summit Series Games

Game One
Game Two
Game Three
Game Four
Game Five
Game Six
Game Seven
Game Eight

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