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CORE OF THE FOUR - Clark Gillies

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here...

Clark Gillies
One of the premier power forwards during the 1970's and early 1980's, Clark Gillies brought a level of intensity to the game that no other player could match on a nightly basis. Playing on the left side, Gillies teamed with fellow Hall of Famers Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier to form one of the most versatile and potent lines of all-time, nicknamed the "Trio Grande."

In the spring of 1974, Gillies was drafted fourth overall by the Islanders and made the squad without playing a single minor league game. His career spanned 14 seasons, including his first 12 with the Islanders where he tallied 304 goals and 359 assists in 872 career games with the Isles. Gillies' 891 penalty minutes while wearing an Islanders jersey are tied for sixth in team history.

The physical presence of Gillies on the ice allowed his linemates extra room to work and made their line virtually unstoppable. While Clark was known as more of an intimidating factor on the ice, he was still able to score 30 or more goals six times in his career and assisted on 30 or more five times.

It was in the middle of his third NHL season that Gillies was given the "C" and assumed responsibility as captain of the Islanders. Then captain Ed Westfall removed the "C" from his sweater, and after a locker room vote, Gillies was chosen the new leader. Gillies backed it up on the ice with his passion and dedication for the game. While captaining the Islanders during the 1977 NHL playoffs, Gillies scored three consecutive game-winning goals in the quarterfinal round against Buffalo to tie an NHL record.

Clark Gillies
As a big part of all four Stanley Cup championships, Gillies recorded a career-best 12 goals during the 1984 playoffs, including a hat trick in game two of the Stanley Cup finals against Edmonton. After 12 years on the Island, Gillies left for Buffalo where he finished out his NHL career by playing two more seasons. Gillies left the Orange and Blue ranking in the top ten for games, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, power play goals and game-winning goals.

On December 7, 1996, Clark Gillies' #9 jersey was raised to the rafters of the Coliseum in a pre-game ceremony commemorating one of the Islanders all-time greats.

Clark Gillies' All Time Stats

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Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here.

Islanders fans, coming soon is the weekend event of the season that everyone has been eagerly anticipating. On the weekend of March 1, the Islanders will honor some of the most remarkable men in NHL history as they kickoff Allstate Core of the Four weekend. As every Islanders fan knows, the Islanders were the talk of the town and the NHL during the 1980s, thanks to their incredible run of four Stanley Cups from 1980-1983. The Islanders organization is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 17 men who were a part of all four championship teams.


Saturday, March 1 is all about you, the fans. Fan Appreciation Day, when the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at 2 pm, will honor the greatest fans in the NHL. As a thank you, the Islanders organization will be giving away hundreds of prizes all game long. The Core of the Four Alumni will be attending our annual Fan Appreciation Day Game. Kids will also be treated to a post-game on ice puck shootout.

On the Nassau Coliseum ice there will be a presentation for the winner of Bill Guerin’s Chopper motorcycle, which is currently being auctioned off at

All fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtest of Valtech. The first 10,000 fans can pick up Islanders trading cards upon entrance into the Nassau Coliseum.

Click here to purchase tickets to Fan Appreciation Day on March 1, when the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers.


The Islanders host the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum at 4 pm on Sunday, March 2, but the day's events start long before the drop of the puck.

If there was ever a time to be at the Coliseum, it would be at 2 pm for the Walk of Champions. Islanders fans will have the chance to cheer on the Core of Four as they make their way from the Marriott to the Coliseum in the ceremonial, red carpet Walk of Champions.

Fans will see the Core of the Four as they make their way into the Coliseum and on the ice, where they will be greeted by the game’s most prized possession – the Stanley Cup. This will be an event that will not be forgotten by those witnessing it.

The honored guests are:

Bill Torrey
Al Arbour
Mike Bossy
Bob Bourne
Clark Gillies
Butch Goring
Lorne Henning
Anders Kallur
Gord Lane
Dave Langevin
Wayne Merrick
Ken Morrow
Bob Nystrom
Stefan Persson
Denis Potvin
Billy Smith
Duane Sutter
John Tonelli
Bryan Trottier

Trainer Ron Waske and equipment manager Jim Pickard, who were with the team for all four Stanley Cups, will also be honored as part of the event. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald will serve as the Master of Cereonies.

A special ceremony for the Core of the Four members will begin at 3 pm on the Coliseum ice. All fans in attendance will receive a Sharp commemorative Core of the Four banner.

Throughout the game, the Stanley Cup will be on display at the concourse for photo ops.

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