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Clark J. Gillies  

Clark \"Jethro\" Gillies (b. April 7, 1954, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) was a professional ice hockey player and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He provided both physical presence and offensive punch for the NHL\'s New York Islanders during their fou

Gillies earned his tough-guy reputation in the Canadian Junior leagues.   In 1974, the [Islanders]() made him their first round selection in the NHL draft, taking him 4th overall.  He signed with the Islanders, making the team right out of training camp. It was during his rookie season of 1974-1975 in the playoffs that Gillies established himself as one of the toughest players in the [NHL](), pummelling legendary [Philadelphia Flyers]() [enforcer]() [Dave Schultz]().

Gillies scored over 31 goals for four straight seasons as part of the "Trio Grande", the [Islanders']() top forward line with [Mike Bossy]() and [Bryan Trottier](), and was named to the NHL's All-Star team twice.

In 1977-1978, Gillies was named team captain.

During the [1980]() playoffs, Gillies got the best of [Terry O'Reilly](), one of the [Boston Bruins']() toughest players, several times, helping to fuel the Islanders' drive to the [Stanley Cup](). Gillies was used during this series as the Islander's chief protector and enforcer, and in taking on this role, Gillies allowed his team to battle through a violent series with the Bruins. Gillies, now totally comfortable with his role with the team, prospered individually and collectively, as the Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups during Gillies' tenure.  Gillies is recognized for his role as enforcer, but he was also a solid skater, possessed a great shot, passed the puck well, back-checked well, and developed an uncommon hockey savvy through the championship years with the Islanders. Unlike many other enforcers, Gillies never exceeded 100 penalty minutes during any NHL regular season.  Gillies' swan song may have been during the 1983-1984 playoffs. After struggling through the regular season, he came alive in the playoffs, leading the Stanley Cup runner-ups in scoring for that playoff year.

In 2002 Gillies was inducted into the [Hockey Hall of Fame](). Clark is an incredibly good looking, charismatic speaker and his sheer size along with his humorous stories and anecdotes make him an ideal candidate for this service.  His current remarks "Four Rings" opens as Gillies reveals his four Stanley Cup rings as representative of the four aspects of success-- both in hockey and in business.  After committing to remaining in New York for several years to raise his children, Gillies is now looking to use his previous hockey power as an entertaining and power speaker throughout the U.S. and abroad.


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