Date of Birth: 1952
Place of Birth: Curling, NL
Inducted: 2001 (Player Category)
Of all the excellent hockey players to come out of Corner Brook, Curling native Terry Gillam owns a career that ranks with the very best. From his early school days in 1967 to his 15 senior seasons to his coaching contributions to the Royals club that won the province’s only Allan Cup in 1986, Gillam was an important aspect of every team with which he played. His skating, passing, playmaking and scoring were all valuable assets to the success of his various teams. In just over 200 provincial senior games between 1974 and 1985, Gillam scored 156 goals and added 161 assists.
A versatile athlete who starred in softball, soccer and broomball as well as hockey, Gillam enjoyed great success with Herdman Collegiate teams between 1967 and 1970 prior to starring in Corner Brook junior hockey for the Curling Rangers in 1971 and 1972. He was the league-scoring champion with 19 goals and 23 assists.
His remarkable career in provincial senior hockey started in the 1973 season and improved each winter. His first Herder Memorial Trophy win came in 1977 when he had his most productive season with 31 goals, 41 assists and 111 penalty minutes in 32 games. He scored 12 of the Royals’ 30 playoff goals. With the Royals out of senior competition, Gillam was a member of the Stephenville Jets in 1982 and 1983 and was a major factor in the club’s Herder victory in 1983.
Gillam was back with the Royals for his 15th season in 1985. He won the scoring crown with 20 goals and 10 assists and gained his third Herder Memorial Trophy. As Corner Brook captain he provided a great deal of leadership that had the Royals capture the Bolton Cup as Eastern Canada’s champions and force the Allan Cup final to a seventh and deciding game.
The best season ever for the Royals climaxed in 1986 with the Herder Memorial Trophy, the Bolton Cup and Canada’s top amateur hockey prize the Allan Cup. As assistant coach to Mike Anderson, Gillam was a vital member of the organization that captured the major award. The manner in which he worked and cooperated with his teammates was typical of his complete hockey career.