Nick Libett

Lynn Nicholas Libett (born December 9, 1945)[1] is a Canadian retired ice hockey player. He played 12 years in the National Hockey League as a left winger for the Detroit Red Wings (1967–79) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–1981). In 982 career games, he scored 504 points, and was captain of the Red Wings.

Nick Libett
Born (1945-12-09) December 9, 1945 (age 74)
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1963–1981

CareerEdit

Libett was born in 1945 at Stratford, Ontario.[1] He played youth hockey with the Stratford Pee Wees and the Stratford Junior Braves.[2]

Professional hockeyEdit

Libett played junior hockey with the Hamilton Red Wings from 1962 to 1966, and began his professional hockey career with the Memphis Wings (1965–67) and Fort Worth Wings (1967-68).[1]

Libett made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1967-68 season. He was a starter at left wing for Detroit for 11 consecutive seasons from 1968-69 through the 1978-79 season. He led the NHL in games played four times, scored at least 20 goals six times, averaged over 50 points a season from 1971 to 1975, represented Detroit in the 1977 NHL All-Star Game, and finished seventh in the voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy during the 1978-79 season.[1] He played in the playoffs only twice in his twelve seasons with the Red Wings.

On August 3, 1979, Libett was traded by the Red Wings to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Pete Mahovlich.[3] He played two season with the Penguins, retiring after the 1980-81 season at age 35.[1]

Family and later yearsEdit

After retiring from hockey, Libett continued to live in metropolitan Detroit, working for Decoma, an automotive supplier and subsidiary of Magna International.[4] He survived non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the late 1980s.[5]

Libett and his wife, Jacqueline B. Libett, had three children: Stephanie, Christopher and Kathleen. Jacqueline died in 2019; they had been married for 53 years.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1961–62 Stratford Cullitons CJHL
1962–63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 32 1 4 5 21
1963–64 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 49 23 19 42 58
1963–64 Cincinnati Wings CPHL 3 0 2 2 0
1964–65 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 51 24 37 61 60
1965–66 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 42 22 22 44 39 5 2 1 3 6
1965–66 Memphis Wings CPHL 4 1 0 1 2
1966–67 Memphis Wings CPHL 62 12 18 30 30 7 2 2 4 4
1967–68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 2 1 3 12
1967–68 San Diego Gulls WHL 10 4 2 6 0
1967–68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 40 11 28 39 22
1968–69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 10 14 24 34
1969–70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 20 20 40 39 4 2 0 2 2
1970–71 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 16 13 29 25
1971–72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 31 22 53 50
1972–73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 19 34 53 56
1973–74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 24 24 48 37
1974–75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 23 28 51 39
1975–76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 20 26 46 71
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 14 27 41 25
1977–78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 23 22 45 46 7 3 1 4 0
1978–79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 15 19 34 20
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 14 12 26 14 5 1 1 2 0
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 43 6 6 12 4
NHL Totals 982 237 268 505 472 16 6 2 8 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1979 Canada WC 8 1 0 1 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Nick Libett NHL Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Stratford Sports Wall of Fame 2013 - Athlete: Nick Libett". City of Stratford. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Pens Get Libett For Mahovlich". The Pittsburgh Press. August 3, 1979 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Jerry Green (February 16, 1997). "Ex-Wing Libett still skating". Detroit Free Press – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Libbett can relate". Detroit Free Press. July 31, 1994 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Jacqueline B. Libett". Legacy.com. Retrieved July 5, 2020.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Alex Delvecchio
Detroit Red Wings captain
1973
Succeeded by
Red Berenson
Preceded by
Dennis Hextall
Detroit Red Wings captain
1979
with Paul Woods
Succeeded by
Dale McCourt