Hurricanes Sign Former ECHL Forwards Gillies, Nolan

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed forward Trevor Gillies (pictured), who has played parts of five seasons in the ECHL including 2006-07 with the Augusta Lynx, and former Columbia Inferno forward Brandon Nolan.

The Florida Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers of the NHL and the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

The 28-year-old Gillies had two assists and 23 penalty minutes in seven games with Augusta in 2006-07 while also playing in the AHL where he had seven points (1g-6a) and 151 penalty minutes in 51 games with Portland. He made his NHL debut with Anaheim on Nov. 6, 2005 and had 21 penalty minutes, including a first-period fight with former ECHL left wing Derek Boogaard, in the Ducks’ 4-3 shootout loss to Minnesota.

In his rookie season in 1999-2000, Gillies had 202 penalty minutes and six assists in 53 games with Mississippi of the ECHL and 38 penalty minutes in eight games with Lowell of the AHL. The 6-foot-3 and 220-pound Gillies has played in the ECHL with Mississippi, Greensboro, Augusta, Richmond and Peoria and has 1,048 penalty minutes and 18 points (1g-17a) in 217 games.

The 23-year-old Nolan had 15 points (5g-10a) and 38 penalty minutes in 19 regular season games and one assist and 17 penalty minutes in three Kelly Cup Playoff games with Columbia as a rookie in 2003-04 while also playing in the AHL for Manitoba where he had 17 points (7g-10a) and 18 penalty minutes in 48 games. He returned to the Inferno in 2005-06 and had 51 points (20g-31a) and 94 penalty minutes in 43 games while also playing with Manitoba where he had 11 points (3g-8a) and 10 penalty minutes in 18 games.

Nolan split the 2006-07 between Sweden, where he had 16 points (6g-10a) and 44 penalty minutes in 19 games for Vaxjo, and the AHL where he had 22 points (9g-13a) and 59 penalty minutes in 40 games for Bridgeport.