Harold Priestley Gill III (born April 6, 1975) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 NHL seasons with six different teams, winning one Stanley Cup with the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins. He was formerly the manager of player development for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. Currently Gill is the radio color commentator for one of his former teams, the Nashville Predators, on the Nashville Predators Radio Network.
Gill with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008
April 6, 1975|
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 7 in (201 cm)|
|Weight||250 lb (110 kg; 17 st 12 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
207th overall, 1993|
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 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played for Lukko in the Finnish SM-liiga.
On July 1, 2006, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Gill to a three-year deal. He 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 July 1, 2009, he 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 June 28, 2012 Gill re-signed with the Nashville Predators on a two-year, $4 million deal. 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 April 23, 2015, Gill announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the NHL.
Front office careerEdit
On October 16, 2015, the Florida Panthers announced that they had hired Gill as their manager of player development.
Gill grew up in Bolton, Massachusetts. 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
|1992–93||Nashoba Regional High School||HS-MA||20||25||25||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||6||14||20||91||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||63||2||18||20||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
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