Regina, Sask. – The Regina Pats Hockey Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Pats legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Clark Gillies.
“On behalf of the Regina Pats, we send our deepest condolences to Clark’s family,” Pats GM and Head Coach John Paddock said. “It’s a very sad day for his family and the hockey world. He was and will remain one of the greatest Pats’ ever. Rest in peace, Clarky.”
Gillies, 67, played for the Pats from 1971-1974, leading the Pats to a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup in 1973-74, where he scored 112 points (46G-66A) in 65 games, including 17 points in 16 playoff games and four points in three Memorial Cup games. The Moose Jaw, Sask,. native totaled 283 points (117G-166A) in 201 games as a Pat’, and had his #9 retired by the franchise along with Ed Staniowski’s #1 on February 18, 2000.
After the Pats, he became a member of the New York Islanders, playing from 1974-75 through 1985-86. He was selected by the Islanders in the first round (4th overall) of the 1974 NHL Entry Draft. As a member of the Islanders, Gillies played in 872 games (fifth all-time in franchise history), scoring 304 goals (fourth all-time in franchise history) and 359 assists (fifth all-time in franchise history) for 663 points (fourth all-time in franchise history). He played in 159 playoff games for the Islanders, scoring 47 goals and 46 assists for 93 points. Gillies was one of 17 Islanders players that won four straight Stanley Cups Championships from 1980-1983. He also was a member of the group that set the NHL record of 19 straight playoff series wins, a mark that still stands today.
He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 2002. Gillies represented the Islanders at the 1978 NHL All-Star Game and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1978 and 1979. Gillies had his number 9 retired on December 7, 1996 and his banner now hangs in UBS Arena.
On March 16, 2016, the Western Hockey League announced that Gillies was voted by the fans as the 24th best player in league history. He is also a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
Gillies is survived by his wife, Pam, and three daughters (Jocelyn, Brooke and Brianna).