Viewed as a criminal by casual hockey fans with little insight to the physical aspect of the game, Trevor Gillies is really just a dedicated enforcer.
His demeanor on the ice suggests a simple message; do not hurt my team, or you will be hurt.
What sets him apart from the rest of the NHL's enforcers is the fact that Gillies will let absolutely nothing stand in his way if he needs to take care of business.
Examples of Gillies' dedication to his team exist in a multitude unmatched by any other player in the NHL. During an interview after this past season Gillies said of the Islanders, "We're willing to bleed for each other."
In a game against the Washington Capitals on October 13, 2010 D.J. King hit Andy MacDonald. Immediately after the hit, Gillies approach King and beat him in a fight.
Later in the season, Jared Boll took a run at John Tavares in a game between the Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets on November 24th.
Gillies handled business again.
In a game against Minnesota on March 2, 2011 Gillies was on the ice when Wild player Cal Clutterbuck hit Justin DiBenedetto from behind and into the boards. Immediately after the hit, Gillies responded by shoving Clutterbuck into the boards.
This was in Gillies' first game back after receiving a nine game suspension for the act featured in this slide's video.
After two questionable hits from Pittsburgh's Max Talbot in a game between these teams on February 2nd, Gillies seeked retribution.
In the game on February 11, Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi delivered a hit to MacDonald, causing him to slam against the boards and fall to the ice.
That's all it took for Gillies to lose it and deliver a powerful statement to the Penguins and the NHL that he would not allow his teammates to be pushed around or intimidated.