Hal Gill Announces Retirement

After 16 seasons in the National Hockey League, former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill announces he will hang up the skates on his pro-hockey career.

gillIn 1993, the Boston Bruins held the second last pick of the 8th-round (207th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and selected Hal Gill who was committed to play college hockey at Providence College where he would earn an education while playing hockey. Gill did not see NHL action until 1997 as he completed his four years at Providence College, recording 12 goals and 33 assists in 131 games.

Gill spent eight seasons with the Boston Bruins until the conclusion of the 2005-06 season. During this time span, Gill had career highs in points (22 in 2001-02) and penalty minutes (124 in 2005-06). In the off-season of 2006, Gill signed a three year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and had two of this three 20+ point seasons in his career with the team.

Photo: Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo: Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

After over a season and a half, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although the Penguins lost the Stanley Cup that season, Gill did help the Penguins to hoist the Stanley Cup the next season in a victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

After his Stanley Cup winning season, Hal Gill signed with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009 on a two-year deal and after the defenseman recorded 20 points in 143 games with the Habs, was re-signed to one more year for the duration of the 2011-12 NHL season. In 2012, the Habs traded Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators along with a conditional 5th round draft pick (2013) for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a 2nd round draft pick (2012). Geoffrion played 13 games with Montreal and 19 games with their American Hockey League affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs before a depressed skull fracture in an AHL game forced him to retire early at the age of 25. Slaney also had played 21 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He most recently has played CIS hockey at St. Francis Xavier University as team captain. The 2nd round pick the Canadiens acquired in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was used to select Dalton Thrower. Thrower spent the 2014-15 season with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL recording 6 points and 107 penalty minutes in 37 games played.

Hal Gill would then play 55 games over two seasons with the Nashville Predators and 6 games during the 2013-14 season with the Philadelphia Flyers. His last recorded point came with the Predators on March 30th, 2012 in a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Massachusetts native has represented the United States at the IIHF World Championships 5 times (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006) and tallied 2 points and 50 penalty minutes in 39 games at the tournament. He also earned a bronze medal in 2004 in a 1-0 win over Slovakia.

We at All About The Habs would like to wish Hal Gill a happy retirement and wish him the best on his future endeavors!

Photo: NHL.com

Photo: NHL.com

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