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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Islanders Legend Clark Gillies

At the age of 67, New York Islanders legend, Clark Gillies has passed away. The news of his passing broke directly after the Islanders 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes, which quickly became an afterthought when hearing about the passing of Clark.

In 958 career games, he scored 319 goals, with 697 points. He was a four-time Stanley Cup champion, a hockey hall of famer, and his number nine has hung in the rafters since 1996.

Even for someone like me, who didn’t have the pleasure of watching Gillies play, this one hit home. He was a legend on and off the ice and the epitome of being a New York Islander. Islanders coach, Barry Trotz had this to say after finding out about the passing of Clark Gillies.

Clark remained very close with the team after retiring. He was a former Islander who always had a presence and was always around. Whenever I did see him weather at the Coliseum, or on television I never saw him without that smile on his face. He very clearly loved the game of hockey and he loved this team.

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