Gilbert “Gib” James
Years Played: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
Gilbert “Gib” James played for the Ottawa Shamrocks Jr. OHA team from 1930-1933. His team was in the Memorial Cup playoffs all three years. He enrolled at Michigan in the fall of 1935 and played left wing for Coach Eddie Lowrey. During the 1935-1936 season, he scored fourteen goals in eight games. His second season, he scored twenty-five goals and had twenty-one assists. During the 1937-1938 season, he scored twelve goals and had ten assists in nine games.
His most memorable experiences were playing with his brother “Spike”, a goalie and fellow inductee in the Dekers Hall of Fame, and playing with Vic Heyliger and John Febello. His most memorable game was when he scored ten goals and one assist against St. Thomas, Ontario on 18 February 1936. The final score of that game was Michigan 12, St. Thomas 6, with Vic Heyliger adding eight assists. His most important goals were against Minnesota in 1937 when Michigan tied Minnesota
for the Big Ten Championship and scoring in the second overtime to beat Sarnia 2-1. Gib James won several honors while at Michigan, including: hockey numerals his freshman year; “M” letters in 1936, 1937, and 1938; “Gold Puck” in 1937 for a tie with Minnesota in the Big Ten Championship; “Copper Hockey Plaque” 1937 State Championship; 1937 selection to the Midwest College All-Star Team. He graduated from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
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