SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Colton Gillies (pronounced KOHL-tuhn GIHL-eez) to a multi-year contact beginning with the 2008-09 season.
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Gillies, 19 (2/12/89), recorded 47 points (24-23=47) and 97 penalty minutes (PIM) in 58 games during his third full season with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2007-08. The 6-foot-4, 194-pound center ranked first on the team in goals (24) and power play markers (14) and second in scoring. He was named team captain in January and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships held in the Czech Republic. The White Rock, British Columbia native led Saskatoon with 148 PIM and posted 30 points (13-17=30) in 65 games in 2006-07. He also appeared in six games for Team Canada at the 2007 U18 World Junior Championships and tallied three points (2-1=3).
Gillies has also signed an Amateur Tryout contract with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) to finish the rest of this season. He will wear sweater #18 with Houston. Gillies was originally selected by Minnesota in the first round (16th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.