Some may have forgotten soon-to-be 39-year-old defenseman Hal Gill was still on the Flyers. He has not appeared in a game since December 21st against the Columbus Blue Jackets and only has four total games under his belt all season.
That has not stopped the 6’7” Massachusetts-native from leaving his mark on the Flyers in his first year with the organization. The Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli noted earlier this week Gill has adopted a mentoring role on the team despite not being on the ice.
Gill, who turns 39 on Sunday, repeatedly stays after practice to work on skating drills with assistant coach Ian Laperriere to stay in game-shape just in case his number is called. In particular, Gill has had an impact on young defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who, like Gill, is also trying to crack the Flyers lineup on a consistent basis.
With all of this in mind, it is certainly no surprise that the Flyers announced Gill is their nominee for the Masterton Trophy which is awarded to the player who exemplifies “perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.”
Gill is not expected to play Saturday against his former team, the Boston Bruins, at TD Garden.