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03-01-2011, 09:46 AM
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With their fourth round pick (146) in the 2011 ATD, the Guelph Platers have selected: Clark "Jethro" Gillies, LW

Clark Gillies was the power forward of the 1970's and 80's. He did not only bang in goals from the slot, but he was great in the corners, a very good two-way player, could fight, worked hard, had fine leadership qualities, had a huge heart and was a winner. GM's today would kill to have a guy like Clark on their roster.
-Greatest Hockey Legends

Career Highlights:
4 time Stanley Cup Champion 1980,1981,1982,1983.
2 x 1st Team All Star at LW (Post Season) 1978,1979.
Captain of the New York Islanders from 1977-1979.
MVP for the NHL in the 1979 Challenge Cup series vs. the Soviets.
Member of Team Canada for the 1981 Canada Cup.
Inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame 2002.

Born: April 7, 1954.
Position: LW
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215 lbs
Shoots: Left.

Regular Season:
6-time 30+ goal scorer.
Reached the top 10 in the NHL in points (9) in 1978-79.

Gillies always seemed to rachet up in the playoffs. During the Islanders 5 straight Cup Finals appearances, Gillies had .76PPG in the playoffs vs. .72PPG in the regular season.

As a rookie, Clark took on Dave Schultz in the Stanley Cup semifinals against the eventual champions Flyers. Schultz had just set a new NHL record with 472 PIMs and was the "terror of the NHL" at that time. Clark destroyed Schultz and sent everyone around the NHL a clear message. Nobody messes with Clark Gillies or the up and coming New York Islanders.
- Greatest Hockey Legends

And as the Islander's dynasty was fading, Gillies stepped up his play dramatically from his poor regular season, helping them reach the finals for the 5th straight time:

Gillies, the big New York Islanders winger from Moose Jaw, Sask., suddenly is in the battle for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the National Hockey League playoffs. Playing on four lines and killing penalties, Gillies says he's having fun because his shots are finally bouncing in. He's got 10 goals in the playoffs to lead all the Islanders scorers. He scored just 12 goals for the entire 1983-84 campaign.
- The Windsor Star (Dave Hall) May 14, 1984

Quotations and Perspective:

The first one was by far the greatest. If you look back at all four of them, we went through more in the way of blood, sweat and tears in the first one than we did in the other three. When you have to beat Boston and Philly to win the Stanley Cup, that's pretty tough. But when you're sitting in the locker room so tired you can barely drink a beer to celebrate, you know you've really accomplished something.
- Clark Gillies, Regina Leader Post

I'm really glad that Clark played on the left side and not the right. You would have a tough time going into the corners with him.
- Rod Langway during their Hall of Fame induction.

He was a relentless competitor who was virtually unstoppable when the opposing team raised his ire.
- Legends of Hockey

He didn't dazzle you with his speed or his stickhandling. He had a hard shot, but his best trademarks was his great two way play, hard work, leadership and the respect opponents had for his fists. Clark didn't have to drop em' very often, but when he did there was virtually nobody who could beat him. Clark destroyed the reputation of quite a few so called enforcers.
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Clark Gillies' leadership qualities and hockey ability was a large reason why his teams won championships at both the amateur and professional level. ... As an intimidating presence on the ice throughout his career, Gillies appeared to elevate his level of play when the opposing team raised his ire. He was a dependable competitor who was virtually unstoppable while playing his rugged style of game. This quality provided his Islander linemates the extra space to work their magic and achieve individual success. Gillies earned the respect and admiration of his teammates and peers despite not realizing points earned and reflected in a season's or career's statistics. He still concerted himself as an efficient NHL scorer as he scored 30-or-more goals six times in his career and assisted on 30-or-more goals five times.
- Legends of Hockey

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