Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hal Gill
Born in Concord, Massachusetts, Hal Gill was drafted 207th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft after a fine career at Nashoba High School where he was also a highly regarded football quarterback.

Gill then spent four years at Providence College and won an NCAA title in 1996 before making his NHL debut in 1997.

The hulking defenceman split his first professional season with the Bruins and their AHL affiliate in Providence. Since entering the league, Gill has been a work horse on the Bruins blueline and is one of the most reliable and durable defensive players on the club.

Following Gill's eight seasons with the Bruins the defenceman was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2006. As a Maple Leaf, the stay at home defenseman competed in all 82 games of his first season with the club and led the team's penalty killers in ice time. He proved to be one of the most durable players the following year on a club that was full of injuries throughout the 2007-08 season. The Leafs struggled during Gill's second season and opted to trade the hulking defenseman at the NHL trading deadline on February 26, 2008. The trade sent Hall Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second-round pick in the 2008 and a fifth-round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.

In 2009, in a 7-game epic Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins would dethrone the Red Wings and earn the franchise's third Stanley Cup title.

Gill's strong defensive play was a key contributor to the Penguins success. His plus 8 rating was tops among Pittsburgh defensemen and he was frequently used to shut down opponent's top scorers.

On July 1, 2009, Gill signed a 2-year, $4.5 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

After three plus years with the Canadiens, where the towering defender proved to be a stable presence both on and off the ice, Gill was traded to the Nashville Predators on February 17, 2012 in exchange for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a second round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Nashoba High School High-MA 20 25 25 50
1993-94 Providence College H-East 31 1 2 3 26
1994-95 Providence College H-East 26 1 3 4 22
1995-96 Providence College H-East 39 5 12 17 54
1996-97 Providence College H-East 35 5 16 21 52
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 68 2 4 6 47 +4 6 0 0 0 4
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 4 1 0 1 23 -2
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 80 3 7 10 63 -10 12 0 0 0 14
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 81 3 9 12 51 0
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 0 0 0 14 +2
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 80 1 10 11 71 -2
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 0 0 0 4 +1
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 79 4 18 22 77 +16 6 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 76 4 13 17 56 +21 5 0 0 0 4
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 82 2 7 9 99 +16 7 0 1 1 4
2003-04 United States WC-A 9 0 2 2 12 +3
2004-05 United States W-Cup
2004-05 Lukko Rauma Finland 31 2 8 10 110 8 0 0 0 57
2004-05 United States WC-A 7 0 0 0 6 +4
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 80 1 9 10 124 -4
2005-06 United States Olympics
2005-06 United States WC-A 7 0 0 0 14 0
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 6 14 20 91 +11
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 2 18 20 52 0
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 3 4 16 +6 20 0 1 1 12
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 2 8 10 53 +11 24 0 2 2 6
2009-10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 2 9 11 68 -10 18 0 1 1 20
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 2 7 9 43 -9 7 0 0 0 2
2011-12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 1 7 8 29 -7
2011-12 Nashville Predators NHL 23 0 5 5 8 +4 5 0 0 0 0
2012-13 Nashville Predators NHL 32 0 0 0 12 -3
2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 1108 36 148 184 962 111 0 6 6 68


Signed as a free agent by Rauma (Finland), November 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2006. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for Pittsburgh's 2nd round choice (Jimmy Hayes) in 2008 Entry Draft and Pittsburgh's 5th round choice (later traded to NY Rangers, later traded back to Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh selected Andy Bathgate) in 2009 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2009. Traded to Nashville by Montreal with Montreal's 5th round choice (later traded back to Montreal, later traded to Los Angeles - Los Angeles selected Patrik Bartosak) in 2013 Entry Draft for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and Nashville's 2nd round choice (Dalton Thrower) in 2012 Entry Draft, February 17, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 1, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 as a healthy reserve.