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|1974 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
48 overall by Los Angeles Kings
Defense / Left Wing|
Height: 5-10 Weight: 210
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Red Lake, Minnesota (USA)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
NAIA All-America First Team: 1972-73 (Bemidji State)
ICHA MVP: 1972-73 (Bemidji State)
World Championships: 1973 (second place, Pool B)
Championships: 1974 (fifth) (unofficial tournament)
WJC Most Valuable Defenseman: 1974
Miscellaneous: Played center until his junior year at Bemidji High School.
... An outstanding high school baseball player, he turned down offer to sign
with Minnesota Twins as third baseman. ... Also starred in high school
football, earning Minnesota All-State honors at fullback and linebacker. He
was offered 15 college football scholarships. ... Played in first World Junior Championships in Leningrad, an
unofficial tournament that helped set stage for first official World Juniors
| Debut: October 8,
1975 (Los Angeles at Montreal)|
Numbers: 22 (Los Angeles); 22
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1983
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
Los Angeles, Minnesota||402||
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
Los Angeles, Minnesota||20||
AWARDS AND HONORS
All-Star Game: 1980 (injured, did not play)
Los Angeles Outstanding Rookie: 1975-76
Los Angeles Outstanding
Scouting Career: Named Los Angeles scout
prior to 1986-87 season and remained in that position through 1987-88 season.
Miscellaneous: Set Los Angeles records (since broken) for single-season
points (54), goals (14) and assists (40) in 1976-77. ... Was on ice for 53.1
percent of Minnesota's goals in 1978-79 (best percentage in NHL that season).
... Named to 1980 NHL All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to back
injury. ... Missed part of 1979-80 season with slipped disc in back, an injury
suffered in February 1980. ... Missed part of 1980-81 season with lower back
injury, suffered in December 1980. ... Missed remainder of 1980-81 season
after undergoing spinal fusion surgery at the Mayo Clinic on March 16, 1981.
... Struggled to come back from surgery in 1981-82 and was forced to sit out
many games with back pain. ... Missed remainder of 1981-82 season with back
spasms, suffered in January 1982. ... Missed most of 1982-83 season with knee
injury suffered in November 1982 and re-injured in March 1983.
|Post-Draft Teams: Springfield (AHL)|
Canada Cup: 1976 (fifth place)
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1974 (by Indianapolis, No. 179 overall in Round 13)
1974-75: Played 27 regular-season games for Springfield team that won
AHL playoff title, but missed postseason with knee injury.
Miscellaneous: Missed second half
of 1974-75 season and 1975 AHL playoffs with torn knee ligaments, an injury
that required surgery. .. His hometown of Bemidji, Minn., honored him with
Gary Sargent Day during summer of 1978. ... Played on Minnesota
(NHL) team that competed in Sweden's 1981 DN Cup tournament.
Personal: Full name is Gary Alan
Sargent. ... Is full-blooded Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian, who was born on a
reservation. ... Older brother of former minor-leaguer Earl Sargent. ...
Cousin of former NHL player Henry Boucha.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FREE AGENCY: Sargent played out his option in
Los Angeles and signed with Minnesota as a restricted free agent on June 30,
1978. Los Angeles received Rick Hampton, Steve
Jensen and Dave Gardner as compensation. Minnesota had signed Sargent before it
agreed on compensation with Los Angeles. The Kings wanted Gilles Meloche in
the compensation package, but an arbitrator ruled that Minnesota's offer of
Hampton, Jensen and Gardner was sufficient. ||
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