Harold Priestley Gill III (born April 6, 1975) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 NHL seasons with six different teams, winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.
Gill with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008
April 6, 1975|
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 7 in (201 cm)|
|Weight||250 lb (113 kg; 17 st 12 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
207th overall, 1993|
He is currently the radio color commentator for the Predators on the Nashville Predators Radio Network.
Gill was selected in the eighth round, 207th overall, by the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Following the draft, he spent four seasons at Providence College. The team won the 1996 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. Gill captained the 1997 team, recording a collegiate career-high 21 points in 35 games.
Gill made his NHL debut during the 1997–98 NHL season, skating in 68 games with the Bruins. He was a regular for the Bruins for the next six seasons. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Gill played for Lukko in the Finnish SM-liiga.
On February 26, 2008, the Maple Leafs traded Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2008 second-round pick and 2009 fifth-round pick. The team reached the Stanley Cup Finals, losing in six games to the Detroit Red Wings. The team reached the Stanley Cup Finals the following season, this time defeating the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.
On July 1, 2009, Gill signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The club reached the Eastern Conference Finals, falling in five games to the Philadelphia Flyers. Gill was given credit for his performance in the first round against the Washington Capitals, as he defended extremely well against the Capitals’ biggest scorers. In the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Gill recorded one assist and blocked 68 shots, proving to be a reliable defender. On May 31, 2011, the Canadiens signed Gill to a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension.
On February 17, 2012, the Canadiens traded Gill (along with a 2013 conditional fifth-round pick) to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a 2012 second-round pick. On June 29, 2012, the Predators re-signed Gill to a two-year, $4 million contract extension. As the 2012–13 NHL lockout shortened the eventual season, Gill went scoreless in 30 games. On July 5, 2013, Gill's contract was bought out by the Predators after passing through unconditional waivers.
On September 7, 2013, the Philadelphia Flyers signed Gill to a professional try-out, allowing him to attend their training camp. On October 1, the team signed him to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Gill played in a mere six games for the Flyers, mainly serving as a healthy scratch.
On April 23, 2015, Gill announced his retirement from professional hockey following 16 seasons.
Gill grew up in Bolton, Massachusetts and attended Nashoba Regional High School. He is married to Anne and has three children: daughters Sophie, born in 2007, and Isabelle, born in September 2004; and son Talon, born in October 2011.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
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|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||63||2||18||20||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
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- Jaci on December 2, 2004 1:25 PM. "Wicked Bruins Fan Archives: December 2004 Archives". Wickedbruinsfan.com. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
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