Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Gillen
Right-winger Don Gillen played briefly with the Philadelphia Flyers and Hartford Whalers in the early 80s. The 6'3", 215 pounder was an intimidating scorer in junior and the minors but was unable to find a niche for himself in the NHL.

Born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, Gillen was a star in the SJHL with the Weyburn Red Wings. He was chosen 77th overall by the Flyers in 1979 after he scored 51 points and played on the second line with the powerful Brandon Wheat Kings when they reached the Memorial Cup final. He was returned to junior and scored 87 points while drawing 372 minutes in penalties.

In 1980-81, Gillen scored 30 goals for the AHL's Maine Mariners and battled the league's toughest skaters during his rookie pro season. In July, 1981 he was part of the trade with the Hartford Whalers that involved former 50-goal scorer Rick MacLeish and young prospect Ron Sutter. Gillen played 34 games with Hartford in 1981-82 then played 2 /12 seasons in the AHL with the Binghamton Whalers before retiring.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 58 13 24 37 170
1977-78 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 60 18 18 36 128 8 0 1 1 11
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 64 21 30 51 212 22 10 10 20 34
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 5 0 1 1 24
1979-80 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 69 31 56 87 372 10 5 3 8 43
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 1 0 1 0 +1
1979-80 Maine Mariners AHL 7 1 2 3 19
1980-81 Maine Mariners AHL 79 30 29 59 255 20 4 4 8 49
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 34 1 4 5 22 -11
1981-82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 42 20 10 30 100 15 6 5 11 23
1982-83 Binghamton Whalers AHL 80 38 39 77 245 1 0 1 1 0
1983-84 Binghamton Whalers AHL 73 27 37 64 140
NHL Totals 35 2 4 6 22


Traded to Hartford by Philadelphia with Rick MacLeish, Blake Wesley and Philadelphia's 1st (Paul Lawless), 2nd (Mark Paterson) and 3rd (Kevin Dineen) round picks in 1982 NHL Draft for Ray Allison, Fred Arthur and Hartford's 1st (Ron Sutter) and 3rd (Miroslav Dvorak) round picks in 1982 NHL Draft, July 3, 1981.
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