|Hockey Hall of Fame, 2002|
April 7, 1954|
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New York Islanders|
4th overall, 1974|
New York Islanders
37th overall, 1974|
Clark "Jethro" Gillies (born April 7, 1954) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He provided both physical presence and offensive punch for the National Hockey League's New York Islanders during their four-year run as Stanley Cup champions. In a career that spanned 958 games, Gillies notched 319 goals, 378 assists, and 1023 penalty minutes. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.
In 1970, Gillies moved to Covington, Virginia where he played three years of minor league baseball in the Appalachian League. However, he was constantly suffering from home sickness and continued to play hockey during the off season. He eventually moved on to play in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats. During his tenure with the Pats, Giles accrued 570 penalty minutes in 201 games and won the Memorial Cup.
Later that year, the Islanders made him their first-round selection in the NHL draft, taking him fourth overall. Gillies was also selected by the World Hockey Association's Edmonton Oilers in the WHA draft, but Gillies signed with the Islanders, making the team right out of training camp. It was during his rookie season of 1974–75, in the playoffs, that Gillies established himself as one of the toughest players in the National Hockey League (NHL), pummeling Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Dave Schultz.
Gillies scored over 30 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 the latter half of the 1976-77 NHL season, Gillies was named team captain; however, in spite of Gillies' articulate speaking manner and amiable nature, he never felt completely comfortable as captain. Gillies captained the Islanders through two disappointing seasons, in part because the Islanders appeared to lack team toughness. During the pre-season of 1979–80 Gillies allowed Denis Potvin to take over as 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 Islanders' 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.
After scoring only four goals in 55 games in 1985–86, Gillies was left unprotected in the NHL waiver draft, and the Buffalo Sabres picked him up. While wearing number 9 in Buffalo, Gillies retired after playing a season and a half with the Sabres. On December 7, 1996, Gillies' No. 9 was retired by the Islanders.
Gillies who was honoured by the Islanders on December 13, 2014, remains active in the Long Island community. He is an executive at Hilton Capital Management in Garden City. He plays in 30 to 40 charity softball games per year. He was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame on Long Island in the Hockey Category with the Class of 1998.
Gillies is married to Pam, who is also from Moose Jaw. They live in Greenlawn, New York. He is the father-in-law to his former teammate's son, and former assistant coach of the Toronto Marlies Justin Bourne.
Despite having the same surname, Gillies is not related to former NHL players Colton and Trevor, who coincidentally played for the Islanders. He earned his nickname Jethro after a character on The Beverly Hillbillies.
Regular season and playoffs
|1974–75||New York Islanders||NHL||80||25||22||47||66||17||4||2||6||36|
|1975–76||New York Islanders||NHL||80||34||27||61||96||13||2||4||6||16|
|1976–77||New York Islanders||NHL||70||33||22||55||93||12||4||4||8||15|
|1977–78||New York Islanders||NHL||80||35||50||85||76||7||2||0||2||15|
|1978–79||New York Islanders||NHL||75||35||56||91||68||10||1||2||3||11|
|1979–80||New York Islanders||NHL||73||19||35||54||49||21||6||10||16||63|
|1980–81||New York Islanders||NHL||80||33||45||78||99||18||6||9||15||28|
|1981–82||New York Islanders||NHL||79||38||39||77||75||19||8||6||14||34|
|1982–83||New York Islanders||NHL||70||21||20||41||76||8||0||2||2||10|
|1983–84||New York Islanders||NHL||76||12||16||28||65||21||12||7||19||19|
|1984–85||New York Islanders||NHL||54||15||17||32||73||10||1||0||1||9|
|1985–86||New York Islanders||NHL||55||4||10||14||55||3||1||0||1||6|
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Gillies’ daughter, Brianna, is married to Bob Bourne’s son
- "Colton Gillies". NHL. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Clark Gillies Official Website
| New York Islanders first round draft pick
| New York Islanders captain