Saskatchewan hockey legend Clark Gillies, who spent 14 years in the NHL and won four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders has died at the age of 67.
Born in Moose Jaw, Gillies played junior hockey with the Regina Pats from 1971 to 1974.
He was drafted by the Islanders fourth overall in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft. He played 872 career games with the Islanders, netting 304 goals and 663 points. Gillies would win four straight Stanley Cups with the Islanders dynasty from 1980 to 1983.
Gillies finished his career playing two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 and his number 9 jersey was retired by the Islanders in 1996.
Islanders' president and general manager Lou Lamoriello released the following statement:
“The entire Islanders community is devastated by the loss of Clark Gillies. He epitomized what it means to be a New York Islander. The pride he felt wearing the Islanders sweater on the ice is evident by his willingness to do anything to win. Off the ice, he was just as big of a presence, always making time to give back to the community. The New York Islanders have four Stanley Cups because of sacrifices he and the members of those dynasty teams made for the franchise. On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Gillies family.”
This past September, the City of Moose Jaw held the Grand Re-Opening of Clark Gillies Park located at Ross Street and Oxford Crescent, named in his honour.