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  • Date Of Birth 20/12/1996
  • Height 5'10"
  • Hometown Red Deer, AB, CAN
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Alberta-born Bast first joined the Belfast Giants ahead of the 2022/23 season, during which he recorded 74 total points in 72 games in all competitions, playing an integral role in the Giants’ treble-winning campaign. Prior to his first stint in Belfast, Bast spent four-years at the University of North Dakota, where he made over 100 appearances for the Fighting Hawks. Bast then went on to join Kuopio-based side KalPa in the Finnish Liiga for the 2021/22 season, before making the move to Northern Ireland the following season.

Bast has had Championship pedigree throughout his career, winning no less than five junior titles before his enrolment at the University of North Dakota where he went on to clinch back-to-back NCHC Regular Season Penrose Cups with the NCAA D1 Fighting Hawks, followed by an NCHC Championship in his senior year.

As is often the case, hockey is in Gabe Bast’s blood. His father Tom was a high scoring minor league centreman in the 1970s, his sister Mairead spent a season with University of British Columbia in 2016-17 and his younger brother Luke has become the latest Bast to don the green at the University of North Dakota.

Gabe Bast won his first title at the age of 15 when his hometown Red Deer Rebels clinched an Alberta Midget Minor Hockey League Championship; and as he progressed through the ranks in Red Deer, the wins kept coming.

Bast was a ‘AAA’ AMHL Champion in 2012-13 and 2013-14 with the Red Deer Chiefs and a ‘Junior A’ BCHL Champion in 2014-15 and 2016-17 with the Penticton Vees, leading to his success in college with North Dakota.

After departing the Giants at the conclusion of the 2022/23 season, Bast returned to his native Red Deer, where he spent the 2023/24 season with North Central Senior Hockey League side, the Red Deer Rustlers. In 13 regular season games, Bast contributed 16 points, helping the team to finish second in the South Division standings and to secure their place in the Division Finals.


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