April 17, 1953|
Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
May 29, 1977 (aged 24)|
near Gray Summit, Missouri, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues|
48th overall, 1973|
St. Louis Blues
33rd overall, 1973|
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Robert Allen Gassoff (April 17, 1953 – May 29, 1977) was a professional ice hockey player. He played four seasons in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on the country property of his friend and teammate Garry Unger near Gray Summit, Missouri; his number three was subsequently retired by the Blues.
Gassoff was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in 1977. He and his pregnant wife, Diane, had been invited to a postseason barbecue at teammate Garry Unger's 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm near Gray Summit, Mo. At roughly 6:00 p.m., Gassoff joined several others in riding motorcycles around Unger's property. Unger later said that he remembered wondering if it was a good idea for Gassoff to ride the motorcycle because he had been drinking and did not have any riding experience. Gassoff drove out of Unger's property on a gravel road that merged into a winding road leading up a hill to Villa Ridge, Missouri. Gassoff was not wearing a helmet and had no license plate on his motorcycle and decided to take a short run up the hill and come right back. On his way back down the hill, he collided head-on with a car driven by a man named Douglas Klekamp. The crash killed Gassoff, and Klekamp walked away uninjured. In October 1977, Gassoff's widow filed a $3 million lawsuit against Unger, his wife, and Klekamp, whom the suit alleged was one of Unger's employees running an errand for the Ungers. Unger describes Gassoff's death as one of the most devastating moments of his life.
Gassoff's brother, Brad, was also an NHL hockey player. His brother Ken, born October 9, 1954, was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1974 NHL amateur draft and by the Houston Aeros in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft. Gassoff's son Bob Gassoff Jr. (born two months after the fatal motorcycle accident in 1977) eventually also became a hockey player, briefly playing minor league professional hockey for the Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) after a four year college hockey career with the University of Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team. He became a Navy SEAL after retiring from hockey .
Regular season and playoffs
|1971–72||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||64||1||16||17||314||7||0||2||2||29|
|1972–73||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||68||11||51||62||388||17||2||10||12||152|
|1973–74||St. Louis Blues||NHL||28||0||3||3||84||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||St. Louis Blues||NHL||60||4||14||18||222||2||0||0||0||0|
|1975–76||St. Louis Blues||NHL||80||1||12||13||306||3||0||0||0||6|
|1976–77||St. Louis Blues||NHL||77||6||18||24||254||4||0||1||1||10|