Mike Gillis Biography
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Mike Gillis (born Michael David Gillis) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. He spent his junior hockey career with the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (OMJHL).
Mike Gillis Age
Michael David Gillis was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada on December 1, 1958. He is 60 years as of 2018.
Mike Gillis Family
He has managed to keep information about his personal information of the limelight and hence there is no information about his family or his childhood.
Mike Gillis Wife
He is married to Diane Gillis and together they have one child Kate Gillis.
Mike Gillis Career
From 1975 to 1978, Gillis spent his junior hockey career with the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (OMJHL). playing in 111 games and scoring 132 points (39 goals and 93 assists). He added on 18 points (four goals and 14 assists) in 12 playoff games. He missed most of the 1976–77 season due to a leg injury. He was then drafted in the first round, fifth overall, by the Colorado Rockies in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft.
In the 1978–79 season, Gillis played two games with the Philadelphia Firebirds of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring no points; he also spent 30 games with the Rockies, earning eight points. He split the 1979–80 season with the Rockies, scoring four goals and five assists in 40 games, and the Fort Worth Texans of the CHL, with 22 points in 29 games.
He started the 1980–1981 season with Colorado and had 18 points in 51 games before being sent to the Boston Bruins for Bob Miller. Gillis then scored six points in 17 games for a total of 24 points, which would be his career-high. Gillis also appeared in a playoff game, going pointless.
In 1981–1982, Gillis then registered 17 points in 53 games and earned three points (1G-2A) in 11 playoff games. He spent the majority of the 1982–1983 season with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL, getting 113 points (32 goals and 81 assists) in 74 games, good for fourth in AHL scoring.
He also played five games with Boston, earning an assist, then played 12 playoff games for the Bruins, earning four points. Gillis split the 1983–1984 season with the Bruins, scoring 17 points in 50 games, and with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, getting 29 points in 26 games. He played three playoff games with Boston, getting no points. In the summer of 1984, he retired from professional hockey.
Following his retirement from playing hockey, Gillis coached the Queen’s University Golden Gaels hockey team in 1985–1986. He then earned a law degree from Queen’s University in 1990 and became a player agent.
In 1997, he successfully sued former National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Alan Eagleson for $570,000 for stealing a portion of his disability insurance. The charges were among many against Eagleson uncovered by Russ Conway.
With the firing of Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis at the end of the 2007–08 season, he was introduced by the organization as Nonis’ successor on April 23, 2008.
For the first time in July 2008, after entering into the free-agent market as a general manager he made immediate changes. He chose not to re-sign former client and longtime Canucks captain Markus Näslund, nor forward Brendan Morrison. He then made an aggressive pitch for unrestricted free agent center Mats Sundin with a two-year, $20 million offer; the deal would have made him the highest-paid player in the NHL.
After winning a Northwest Division title and making it as far as Game 6 of the second round in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, he continued to re-sign key players. His first noteworthy trade occurred on August 28, 2009. This was when he sent prospect forwards Patrick White and Daniel Rahimi to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich.
Of the two defencemen acquired, the younger Ehrhoff proved to be the centerpiece of the deal for the Canucks, Ehrhoff’s acquisition addressed the need for a puck-moving defenceman to move to play out of the defensive zone. Ehrhoff went on to lead the Canucks defencemen in scoring that season.
In the 2012–13 season, which was shortened by a lockout, the Canucks finished with a record of 26–15–7 and won the Northwest Division title. However, they were eliminated in four-straight games by the San Jose Sharks during the opening round of the playoffs, the second consecutive first-round playoff exit. He was criticized by The Globe and Mail’s Allan Maki as he dithered with goalie Roberto Luongo and should have traded him for help at forward but didn’t. Instead, Gillis acquired Derek Roy at the trade deadline and thought that was enough.
Mike Gillis Net Worth
Gills is a former professional ice hockey player whose primary source of income is his managing career. However, his estimated net worth is still under review.
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