There are certain players whose value to a team and an organization can’t be measured by statistics.
Trevor Gillies is one of those players.
Gillies, who played in 57 games in the NHL, has signed with the South Carolina Stingrays, the team announced Friday afternoon.
Gillies, 36, brings more than just toughness and NHL experience to South Carolina. The veteran forward of 16 professional seasons brings the intangibles that any coach would love, said Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery.
“Trevor brings leadership, a professionalism and a work ethic that are second to none,” Carbery said. “He’s regarded in the hockey world as an incredible teammate who takes his job very seriously. He has the ability to bring an entire team together and get them all pulling in the same direction.”
After making his NHL debut with Anaheim during the 2005-2006 season, Gillies spent parts of three years with the New York Islanders from 2009-2012. During the 2010-2011 season, Gillies skated in 39 games for the Islanders, scoring two goals and adding 165 penalty minutes. That season, the 6-3, 230-pound Gillies fought several NHL heavyweights including Shawn Thornton, Jared Boll, Paul Bissonnette and the late Derek Boogaard.
“Even at his age, Trevor isn’t looking to just pick up a paycheck,” Carbery said. “That’s just not in his DNA. He will approach an ECHL game like he would an NHL game. That’s just the kind of professional he is.”
The Cambridge, Ontario, native spent last season with the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring one goal and adding 45 penalty minutes in 20 games.
No stranger to the ECHL, Gillies began his professional hockey career with the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1999. He also spent time with former ECHL clubs in Greensboro, Augusta, Richmond and Peoria during his career. Most recently, Gillies appeared in five games for the Orlando Solar Bears during the 2013-2014 campaign. He has skated in 122 career ECHL games.
“There are only three lines in this league, so Trevor will play a regular shift,” Carbery said. “He’s excellent on the forecheck and will create space for his linemates. He can do more than just fight and hold other teams accountable. He’s going to help us win hockey games.”