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|1978 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
5 overall by Colorado Rockies
Born December 1, 1958
||Position: Left Wing
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Sudbury, Ontario (Canada)
||Toronto St. Michael's||Jr. B
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Missed most of 1976-77 season with season-ending broken
leg, an injury suffered during Kingston's Oct. 1, 1976, game vs. Sudbury. ...
Missed part of 1977-78 season with broken collarbone.
| Debut: January 19, 1979 (Minnesota at
Numbers: 14, 20 (Colorado); 14, 22, 34, 33
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1985
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Tore knee ligaments during Colorado's 1978 training
camp. The injury required surgery and forced him to miss the first half
of the 1978-79 season. ... Left unprotected by Colorado for 1979 NHL Expansion
Draft, but reclaimed as fill-in after Nick Beverley was drafted off the
Rockies' roster. ... Missed half of 1979-80 season due to complications from
his 1978 knee surgery. ... Missed entire 1984-85 season with broken leg, an
injury suffered in Boston's 1984 training camp (September 1984). ...
Released by Boston in September 1985. ... Also played defense at times during
his NHL career. ... Was finalist candidate for job as Atlanta Thrashers' first
general manager, but lost out to Don Waddell in June 1998.
Gillis, Player Agent: Although Gillis' NHL career was cut short by
injuries, he managed to stay in the game after his retirement by becoming one
of hockey's most prominent player agents, founding M.D. Gillis and Associates
in 1994. The company became part of Canada's Assante Sports Management Group
on April 5, 2000. Based in Kingston, Ontario, Gillis has negotiated some of
the biggest contracts in NHL history. Gillis began by representing some former
teammates, and over the years, his list of clients grew to include stars Pavel
Bure, Tony Amonte, Markus Naslund, Mike Richter, Valeri Bure, Bobby Holik, Pat
Verbeek, Ulf Dahlen, Peter Zezel and Marcus Ragnarsson. What makes Gillis'
success as an agent even more remarkable is the fact that during his own
playing days, he was represented by the notoriously corrupt Alan Eagleson, who
later went to jail for defrauding many of his clients, including Gillis. After
Gillis' stopped playing, he was eligible to receive disability insurance
payments from the NHL. Although Eagleson had no right to do so, he convinced
Gillis to pay him 15 percent of his disability money. He lied to Gillis in
claiming that he had negotiated the a special disability deal, getting more
money than Gillis would have otherwise received. Over 10 years later, in 1997,
Gillis successfully sued Eagleson for $570,000, most of which went to cover
his own legal costs for pursuing the lawsuit. Later in his own career as an
agent, Gillis continued to speak out against corruption in his condemnation of
the practice of giving lavish gifts or cash to young players in order to earn
|Post-Draft Teams: Philadelphia (AHL); Fort
Worth (CHL); Baltimore (AHL); Hershey (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Education: Earned law degree from Queen's
University in 1990.
Miscellaneous: Returned to
Kingston, Ontario, after his retirement. ... Became an attorney in 1990 and a
player agent in 1994.
Personal: Full name is Michael
David Gillis. ... Older brother of former NHL player Paul Gillis. ... Husband
of former University of Tennessee long-jumper Diane Coffey.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Colorado traded Gillis to Boston in
exchange for Bob Miller on February 18, 1981.||
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