Albert W. Gubbins
Team: Ice Hockey

Albert W. Gubbins '52
Hometown: Manchester, MA
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1987

When Al Gubbins was a junior, the Brown Daily Herald printed an article suggesting that he get himself a publicity agent. Contemporary stars such as Jack Garrity of B.U., Lennie Ceglarski and Jackie Mulhern of B.C., and Joe Kittredge of Harvard, among others, were getting lots of media attention. But Brown Hockey Coach W.E.S. "Wecky" Moulton '31 felt Gubbins and his teammates - Bobby Wheeler, Don Sennot, and Don Whiston - ought to be similarly recognized. "Take 'Gubby' for example," Moulton told the BDH. "He's one of the finest hockey players in this area. He's a great team player, always covers his man, and can do more things, and do them better, than some of the boys you've been reading about." Gubbins himself was happy just to play wing, glory or no. And he did it well enough to be named to the All-Ivy second team, an honorable mention New England College All-Star, and to the second all-tournament team at the NCAA championships in his senior year (an event in which he scored two goals and an assist). Gubbins was known as being a fine two-way skater, and a head-and-shoulder fake that fooled many rival defensemen and shook him loose for shots on goal. Coach Moulton liked to send him out with Brown was shorthanded because of his puck-checking skills. That he was a clean, classy player is attested to the fact that Gubbins received only one penalty in four years playing hockey at Brown. After graduating from Brown, Gubbins played on the Providence Maroon Championship AHA team in 1952, and was a member of the Eastern champion Melrose (Mass.) Booster Team in 1962. Today he is a manager for General Electric Co. and lives in Manchester, Mass. with his wife Martha, and their children.