New York Islanders Add #9 Patch for Clark Gillies

The New York Islanders have added a number 9 patch to the upper left corner of their jerseys in honour of former team captain Clark Gillies. The patch shows Gillies’ number 9 in a black block typeface on a white circle trimmed in black.

Gillies, an Islander from 1974 through 1986, died from cancer last week at the age of 67. During his time with the team, he played in two NHL All-Star Games, scored 304 goals, and tallied 359 assists as his Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983. His number 9 was retired by the Islanders in 1996 and he was (finally) elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

The patch made its on-ice début during the Islanders home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, the team has said they will wear the #9 patch on their jerseys for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Gillies joined the Islanders after the team drafted him 4th overall in the 1974 NHL Draft (he was also drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the WHA Draft that year but opted to join the NHL). His time with the Isles came to an end in 1986 after he was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Sabres, he spent his final two seasons in Buffalo before retiring in 1988.

Clark Gillies’ career in hockey cards, click the image for a closer look

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LINK: Clark Gillies career in logos and uniforms