Billy Gilmour

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Billy Gilmour
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1963
BIlly Gilmour, Ottawa Hockey Club.png
Billy Gilmour as a member of the Ottawa Hockey Club
Born (1885-03-21)March 21, 1885
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died March 13, 1959(1959-03-13) (aged 73)
Mount Royal, Quebec, Canada
Position Right Wing
Played for Ottawa Hockey Club
Montreal Victorias
Playing career 1903–1916

Hamilton Livingstone "Billy" Gilmour (March 21, 1885 – March 13, 1959) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. A winger, Gilmour played for the Ottawa Hockey Club in the Canadian Amateur Hockey League. Two of his brothers, Suddy Gilmour and Dave Gilmour, also played with Ottawa. He was a member of five Ottawa Stanley Cup championship teams in 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906 and 1909. He also played competitively for the McGill Redmen and Montreal Victorias. He retired from competitive ice hockey in 1909, but returned to play two games for Ottawa in the 1915–16 season.

Playing career[edit]

At 15, Gilmour played for the Ottawa Aberdeens in the Canadian Amateur Hockey League intermediate division. He played two seasons with the club and joined the Ottawa Hockey Club for the 1903 season, where he played with his brothers Suddy and Dave. He scored seven goals in six games and was a member of the Stanley Cup championship team that was nicknamed the "Silver Seven", after the silver nuggets the players were given after the Stanley Cup win by team manager Robert Taylor Shillington, who was a part-owner of a silver mine.

Later in 1903, Gilmour moved to Montreal to attend McGill University, where he played college hockey, and joined Ottawa for some Stanley Cup challenge games, in the 1904 and 1905 seasons and a league game in 1906. After finishing McGill in 1907, Gilmour played one season with the Montreal Victorias, scoring five goals in ten games. He returned to Ottawa to join the now-professional Ottawa Hockey Club for the 1908-09 season, scoring nine goals in eleven games as Ottawa won the league and another Stanley Cup championship. In 1909, Gilmour moved to Montreal, married and stopped playing competitive hockey. Gilmour did play some exhibition games for the Ottawa New Edinburghs in 1911, and played two games with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association (NHA) in 1916.

Gilmour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963.[1]


Born in 1885 in Ottawa, Gilmour was one of four sons of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. John Gilmour. The other children were Dave, Sutherland (Suddy), Ward and his sister Gilbert. The family business was lumber, and Gilmour's father was a partner in Gilmour and Highson Lumber. While playing ice hockey for Ottawa, Gilmour was studying engineering at McGill University of Montreal. Gilmour married Merle Woods of Montreal and moved to Paris, France before returning to Canada in 1942 to reside in Mount Royal, Quebec, where he lived for the rest of his life.[2]

Gilmour is buried at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1902–03 Ottawa Silver Seven CAHL 7 10 0 10 3 2 1 0 1
1902–03 Ottawa Silver Seven St-Cup 2 4 0 4 3
1903–04 McGill Redmen MCHL 4 5 0 5 12
1903–04 Ottawa Silver Seven St-Cup 3 1 0 1 0
1904–05 McGill Redmen MCHL 4 5 0 5 12
1904–05 Ottawa Silver Seven FAHL 1 0 0 0 0
1904–05 Ottawa Silver Seven St-Cup 2 1 0 1 8
1905–06 Ottawa Silver Seven ECAHA 1 0 0 0 0
1905–06 McGill Redmen MCHL 4 5 0 5 21
1906–07 McGill Redmen MCHL 3 2 0 2 8
1907–08 Montreal Victorias ECAHA 10 5 0 5 33
1908–09 Ottawa Senators ECHA 11 9 0 9 74
1911–12 Ottawa Senators NHA 2 1 0 1 0
ECAHA/ECHA totals 22 14 0 14 107
St-Cup totals 7 6 0 6 11


  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2003). Honoured Members: Hockey Hall of Fame. Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing. ISBN 1-55168-239-7.
  1. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame 2003, p. 54.
  2. ^ "Silver Seven Star Bill Gilmour Dies". Ottawa Citizen. March 14, 1959.

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