Clark Gillies, Islanders legend and Hall of Famer, dies at age 67

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New York Islanders legend Clark Gillies has actually passed away at age 67, the group revealed on Friday. A foundation of the Islanders’ early 1980s dynasty, Gillies name is all over the top-10 lists on the Islanders profession lists and stays among the most precious figures in franchise history. 

Islanders president and basic supervisor Lou Lamoriello launched a declaration stating the Islanders neighborhood is ravaged by the loss of Gillies.

“He epitomized what it means to be a New York Islander. The pride he felt wearing the Islanders sweater on the ice was evident by his willingness to do anything to win. Off the ice, he was just as big of a presence, always taking the time to give back to the local community. The New York Islanders have four Stanley Cups because of the 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.”  

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman likewise launched a declaration, sending his acknowledgements to Gillies friends and family.

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Clark Gillies, a tower of strength on the ice for the dynastic New York Islanders of the early 1980s and a pillar of the Long Island community ever since. Gillies helped define the term ‘power forward’ during a 14-season, Hall of Fame career with the Islanders and Buffalo Sabres that was highlighted by winning four straight Stanley Cups with the Islanders.”  

Gillies was the No. 4 total choice in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft and invested 12 seasons with New York prior to completing his Hall of Fame profession with the Buffalo Sabres. He captained the Islanders from 1977 to 1979 prior to delivering the “C” to Denis Potvin, and triggering among the most dominant runs by any group in NHL history. The Islanders won 4 successive Stanley Cup champions from the 1979-80 season through the 1982-83 season. His 872 video games played rank 5th in group history, as does his profession mark of 359 helps. Gillies is likewise 4th in Islanders history in objectives (304) and points (663). 

The Moose Jaw, Saskatoon native had his No. 9 jersey retired by the Islanders in 1996 and was inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. 

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