- DOB: 1/30/1979
- Ht: 6-3
- Wt: 240
- Shoots: L
- Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario
Gillies returns to the Stingrays for his 18th pro season. He brings toughness and NHL experience to South Carolina. He served as an alternate captain for the Stingrays during the 2015-16 season and quickly became a fan-favorite. He skated in 46 games for South Carolina, racking up 107 penalty minutes and adding two assists. Never afraid to stand up for his teammates, Gillies also skated in all 19 playoffs games for the Stingrays, collecting 25 penalty minutes and one assist.
The veteran has appeared in 57 career NHL games, accumulating 261 penalty minutes. After making his NHL debut with Anaheim during the 2005-2006 season, Gillies spent parts of three years with the New York Islanders from 2009-2012. During the 2010-2011 season, Gillies skated in 39 games for the Islanders, scoring two goals and adding 165 penalty minutes. That season, the 6-foot-3, 231-pound Gillies fought several NHL heavyweights including Shawn Thornton, Jared Boll, Paul Bissonnette and the late Derek Boogaard.
The Cambridge, Ontario native spent last season with the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring one goal and adding 45 penalty minutes in 20 games.No stranger to the ECHL, Gillies began his professional hockey career with the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1999.