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Date of Birth: 1963
Graduation: 1981

Randy Gilhen

Randy Gilhen was born in 1963 in West Germany. He soon moved to Canada and went to Kelvin, from which he graduated in 1981. He had already begun his hockey career, playing with the minor league Hartford Whales starting in 1980. Gilhen played on many Canadian Minor League teams until he received his big break in 1988. In that year he was signed for one season by the home team, the Winnipeg Jets. However, he didn't remain in Winnipeg for long and was traded around to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the L.A. Kings, and the New York Rangers, among many. His most successful season was in 1991 while he was still playing with the Penguins, where he helped them to their first Stanley Cup victory in many years. He became the first German player to win the cup. Gilhen ended his professional hockey career, returning to Winnipeg to play with the Manitoba Moose for three seasons, and was soon inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame as an honorary member.