NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, have agreed to terms with veteran forward Trevor Gillies, who will return to the team for a third year and his 19th professional season in 2017-18.
Gillies has served as an alternate captain for South Carolina during the past two seasons and is widely known as a fan favorite. The former NHL forward skated in 34 games with the Stingrays in 2016-17 and recorded 94 penalty minutes. He also added a spark when inserted into the lineup during five postseason contests during the team’s most recent run to the Kelly Cup Finals, adding 19 penalty minutes.
The Cambridge, Ontario native has played over 750 games at the NHL, AHL, and ECHL levels, accumulating 3,123 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 57 career NHL games, collecting 261 penalty minutes. After making his NHL debut with Anaheim during the 2005-06 season, Gillies spent parts of three years with the New York Islanders from 2009-12. As a member of the Islanders during the 2010-2011 season, Gillies skated in 39 games, scoring two goals and adding 165 penalty minutes.
Gillies began his professional hockey career with the ECHL’s Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1999. He has also skated with Greensboro, Augusta, Richmond, Peoria and Orlando prior to joining South Carolina. In total, the 38-year-old has suited up for 302 ECHL games.