Left-winger Mike Gillis played parts of six NHL seasons with the Colorado Rockies and Boston Bruins in the 70s and 80s. He was a decent role player but more was expected of him coming out of junior.
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Gillis was an outstanding two-way worker for the OHA's Kingston Canadians. He was chosen fifth overall by the Colorado Rockies in 1978 and was a utility player for three years on the club while spending periods of time in the minors. In February, 1981 the Rockies gave up on Gillis and shipped him to the Boston Bruins for Bob Miller. He played solid defensive hockey for his new team and helped them reach the semifinals in 1983. He was far from an impact player and was relegated to the AHL for much of his last two seasons before he retired in 1984.