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Trevor Gillies has had what you’d call “impulse control problems” during his hockey career.
Like the time he followed a nine-game suspension with a hit to the head of Cal Clutterbuck that then earned him a 10-game suspension. Or that time he sucker-punched Jarkko Ruutu, sparking a police investigation of the incident in Finland.
Gillies is now a player (term used loosely) for the Adirondack Flames of the AHL, who faced the Rochester Americans on Friday night ... and Gillies ‘faced his opponent, Amerks rookie winger William Carrier.
With 3:09 left to play, Gillies grabbed Carrier – a St. Louis Blues pick in 2013 who isn’t a fighter, let alone one with the work history of Gillies – and began pounding him with punches. Eventually, Carrier went to the ice in an attempt to avoid the onslaught, with no interest in fighting. Gillies wasn’t exactly a fan of this pacifism, and promptly grabbed Carrier by the jersey and slammed his head to the ice.
Thankfully, there was a visor and helmet preventing significant injury for Carrier.
"I felt my head get picked up and pulled down," Carrier said. Carrier wasn't injured. He even maintained afterward it was no big deal. "That's hockey," he said.
He learned from teammates that Gillies could have done serious damage to him. "They said, 'Well, you survived,' so that's good."
His coach found no humor whatsoever in the goon move.
"If there's room for that in hockey, I'm not sure I want to coach anymore," Chadd Cassidy said. "It looked bad; you spike a guy's head into the ice."
How dare Carrier chose not to fight a hair-trigger goon with more games suspended than NHL points!
So, what’s the suspension for Gillies here?