Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies dies at 67
Legendary NHL forward Clark Gillies has died at the age of 67, the New York Islanders announced Friday.
A member of an Islanders dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the 1980s, Gillies was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 after an iconic 14-year NHL career. The cause of death has not been disclosed at this time.
“The entire Islanders community is devastated by the loss of Clark Gillies,” Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “He embodied what it means to be a New York Islander.”
The fourth pick in the 1974 draft, Gillies spent 12 of his 14 seasons with the Islanders, including two as team captain. He was a member of a New York team that won 19 straight playoffs – a mark that still stands as a record today. The native of Moose Jaw, Sask., finished his career with the Buffalo Sabers in 1988.
“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Clark Gillies, a tour de force on the ice for Dynasty New York Islanders of the early 1980s and a pillar of the Long Island community ever since,” the commissioner said. NHL Gary Bettman via statement. adding that “Gillies helped define the term ‘power forward'” during his career.
Gillies finished his career with 319 goals and 697 points in 958 regular season games. He is consistently among the Islanders’ top five players in games played, goals scored, assists and points. The team retired their No. 9 jersey in 1996.
“The adoration and admiration of his teammates reflects the heart and passion he brought to our game,” Bettman said of Gillies in his press release.
Off the ice, Gillies was an engaged community member and philanthropist, establishing the Clark Gillies Foundation, which helps children with physical, developmental or financial challenges.
“The pride he felt in wearing the Islanders jersey on the ice was evident in his will to do whatever it takes to win,” read the Islanders’ statement. “Off the ice, he was just as present, always making time to give back to the local community.”
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