Lynn Nicholas Libett (born December 9, 1945) 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.
December 9, 1945|
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings |
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. 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. He played two season with the Penguins, retiring after the 1980-81 season at age 35.
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. He survived non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the late 1980s.
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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1962–63||Hamilton Red Wings||OHA-Jr.||32||1||4||5||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|1963–64||Hamilton Red Wings||OHA-Jr.||49||23||19||42||58||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Nick Libett NHL Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "Stratford Sports Wall of Fame 2013 - Athlete: Nick Libett". City of Stratford. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- "Pens Get Libett For Mahovlich". The Pittsburgh Press. August 3, 1979 – via Newspapers.com.
- Jerry Green (February 16, 1997). "Ex-Wing Libett still skating". Detroit Free Press – via Newspapers.com.
- "Libbett can relate". Detroit Free Press. July 31, 1994 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jacqueline B. Libett". Legacy.com. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
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