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5/14/2022 - [WATCH] VIDEO: Past and Present New York Islanders Join Town of Huntington for Dedication of Clark Gillies Arena at Dix Hills Park

Dedication ceremony to take place Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m.

May 9, 2022 – Huntington, NY – Town of Huntington Councilmembers Joan Cergol and Salvatore Ferro will be joined by Town officials, the Gillies family, the Clark Gillies Foundation and members of the New York Islanders organization to host a ceremony renaming Dix Hills Ice Rink as the Clark Gillies Arena at Dix Hills Park to honor the late New York Islanders hockey legend.


The dedication ceremony is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. on the ice at the Dix Hills Ice Rink, located at 575 Vanderbilt Parkway in Dix Hills.


Councilmembers Cergol and Ferro introduced the resolution to rename Dix Hills Ice Rink in Gillies’ honor at the March 15, 2022 Town Board meeting, where it was unanimously approved.


Clark Gillies played for the Islanders from 1974 to 1986, serving as team captain from 1977 to 1979. Along with fellow Islanders Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier, Gillies played a vital role in the team’s four consecutive Stanley Cup victories from 1980 to 1983.


Over the course of his incredible career with the Islanders, Gillies played in 872 games, scored 304 goals, and recorded 359 assists, totaling 663 points, the fourth-highest of any Islander. In 1996, the Islanders retired his number 9 and in 2002, he was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame. He is frequently cited by fans and sports analysts as one of the greatest hockey players in the history of the Islanders franchise.


Gillies was a Greenlawn resident, an active member of the Town of Huntington, and a well-known philanthropist across Long Island. He created The Clark Gillies Foundation, which aims to support children in the United States and across the globe facing physical, developmental, and/or financial challenges.


The Clark Gillies Foundation donated $3 million to Huntington Hospital to establish a state-of-the-art pediatric emergency department staffed and equipped to meet the unique medical needs of children. This pediatric emergency department, along with the entire Huntington Hospital Pediatric Unit, has been named after Gillies and his foundation in honor of his repeated charitable contributions.


“For decades Clark Gillies was a big personality consistently connected to philanthropic endeavors, always eager to lend his name, a hand and his generosity to advance numerous causes. His work and good will are particularly impactful here in Huntington which is why I felt it so important to acknowledge him in this way,” said Councilwoman Joan Cergol.


“Clark Gillies meant so much to me and the Town of Huntington,” said Councilman Ferro. “It is truly a privilege to be able to help preserve the memory and legacy of an amazing athlete, philanthropist, and someone I have been proud to call my dear friend.”


“I’m grateful to the Town of Huntington for this beautiful dedication in Clark’s memory,” said Pamela Gillies, wife of Clark Gillies. “He loved this town and its residents and he would be deeply honored to see just how much this town loved him back.”


Councilmembers Ferro and Cergol will be joined by Town of Huntington officials, the Gillies family, the Clark Gillies Foundation, and New York Islanders players both past and present to help dedicate the ice rink in his honor.