Hal Gill

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Hal Gill
Hal Gill 2008.jpg
Gill with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008
Born (1975-04-06) April 6, 1975 (age 39)
Concord, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg; 17 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free agent
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 207th overall, 1993
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1997–present

Harold Priestley Gill, III[1] (born April 6, 1975) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Gill has previously played for six National Hockey League (NHL) teams and was a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing career[edit]

Before college, Gill was a notable quarterback at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, Massachusetts.[2]

After being drafted in the eighth round, 207th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, Gill spent four years playing for Providence College. He entered the NHL during the 1997–98 NHL season and played over 600 regular season games over eight seasons with the Bruins. During the canceled 2004–05 NHL season, Gill played for Lukko in the Finnish SM-liiga.

On July 1, 2006, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Gill to a three-year deal. Gill had some of the best numbers of his career in Toronto while working on discipline and lowering his penalty minutes. On February 26, 2008, Toronto traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and a fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The Penguins traded for him on the same day that they received Marian Hossa from the Atlanta Thrashers. He helped them win the Eastern Conference and to advance to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost in six games.

On June 12, 2009, Hal Gill hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head after the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in seven games.

On July 1, 2009, Gill signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens, and after the 2010-11 season he re-signed with the Canadiens on a one-year deal.

On February 17, 2012 Gill and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013 were traded to the Nashville Predators for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a second-round draft pick in 2012.[3]

On June 28, 2012 Gill re-signed with the Nashville Predators on a two-year, $4 million deal.[4] During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Gill was scoreless over 32 games, as the Predators failed to reach the playoffs.

On July 2, 2013, Nashville placed Gill on waivers in order to complete a buyout of the final year of his contract.

On September 7, 2013 the Philadelphia Flyers signed Hal Gill to a professional tryout contract [5] and subsequently signed him to a one year, $700,000 contract on October 1, 2013.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gill grew up in Bolton, Massachusetts. Hal is married to Anne and has 3 children; daughters Sophie, born in 2007,[7][8] and Isabelle, born in September 2004,[9] and son Talon, born in October 2011.[10]

Hal Gill, Montreal Canadiens, January 2012

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Providence College HE 31 1 2 3 26
1994–95 Providence College HE 26 1 3 4 22
1995–96 Providence College HE 39 5 12 17 54
1996–97 Providence College HE 35 5 16 21 52
1997–98 Providence Bruins AHL 4 1 0 1 23
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 68 2 4 6 47 6 0 0 0 4
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 80 3 7 10 63 12 0 0 0 14
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 81 3 9 12 120
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 80 1 10 11 71
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 79 4 18 22 77 6 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 76 4 13 17 13 5 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 82 2 7 9 99 7 0 1 1 4
2004–05 Lukko Rauma SM-liiga 31 2 8 10 110 8 0 0 0 57
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 80 1 9 10 124
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 6 14 20 91
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 2 18 20 52
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 3 4 16 20 0 1 1 12
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 2 8 10 53 24 0 2 2 6
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 2 9 11 68 18 0 1 1 20
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 2 7 9 43 7 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 1 7 8 29
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 23 0 5 5 8 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 32 0 0 0 12
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 1108 36 148 184 962 111 0 6 6 68

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for United States United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 United States WC 5th 7 0 0 0 14
2001 United States WC 4th 9 0 0 0 4
2004 United States WC 3rd 9 0 2 2 12
2005 United States WC 6th 7 0 0 0 6
2006 United States WC 7th 7 0 0 0 14
Senior totals 39 0 2 2 50

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fischler, Stan. Boston Bruins: Greatest Moments & Players. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 235. ISBN 1-58261-063-0. 
  2. ^ "Hal Gill profile". legendsofhockey.net. 2008-04-27. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  3. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=388101
  4. ^ "Preds re-sign defenseman Gill". The Sports Network. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  5. ^ "Predators place Gill on waivers". National Hockey League. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Hal Gill signed to one-year, $700,000 deal with Flyers". National Hockey League. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  7. ^ "Global Hockey Consultants". Globalhockey.net. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  8. ^ "Stanley Cup Journal - Hal Gill and Mark Eaton - Pittsburgh Penguins - Features". Penguins.nhl.com. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  9. ^ By Jaci on December 2, 2004 1:25 PM. "Wicked Bruins Fan Archives: December 2004 Archives". Wickedbruinsfan.com. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  10. ^ Stubbs, Dave (2011-10-18). "Gill closing in on milestone". The Gazette. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 

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