Amerks legend and Hall of Fame hockey player Dick Gamble has passed away at the age of 89, the team announced Friday.
Gamble played in Rochester for parts of nine seasons between 1961 and 1970 and helped lead the Amerks to three Calder Cup championships.
Gamble wore number 9 — a number that would later be worn by another Amerks Hall of Famer: Jody Gage.
“The entire Rochester Americans organization is deeply saddened by the loss of Dick Gamble,” said Gage in a statement. “Dick was someone who helped bring the Rochester Americans to prominence in the AHL and was instrumental in building this great franchise. Dick was an Amerks and AHL Hall of Famer and a founding father who played with class and dignity. It was truly a great honor to have known Dick for all these years and I will always cherish his friendship. He will be dearly missed.”
“Dick Gamble will always be remembered as one of hockey’s all-time greatest players and a legendary figure in both Buffalo and Rochester,” said American Hockey League President and CEO Dave Andrews. “The entire AHL offers its heartfelt condolences to Dick’s family and to the Amerks organization.”
At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, Gamble was the Amerks career leader in goals (300), points (565) and games played (569) — all records later surpassed by Gage.
In 1999, the Amerks retired the number 9 — only the second number retired by the club.