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Trevor Gillies does not belong in professional hockey

He is not an effective hockey player, but he is a danger to his opponents.

Bruce Bennett

The fact that he slammed an opponent's face into the ice on Friday night -- for which he's been suspended a total of 13 games by the American Hockey League -- should be enough to convince you that Trevor Gillies does not belong in professional ice hockey.

But if that's not enough, remember back to two games in the 2010-11 season.

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On Feb. 11, 2011, he delivered a vicious elbow to then-Penguins forward Eric Tangradi. As Tangradi grabbed his injured face after the hit, Gillies dropped the gloves and started beating the crap out of him. After Gillies was pulled off of Tangradi and sent to the locker room, he stood just off the ice in the locker room tunnel ... taunting Tangradi.

In his next game, the first back from the nine-game suspension handed out following the Tangradi incident, he throttled Cal Clutterbuck of the Wild into the boards from behind, earning himself a 10-game suspension. Gillies has played just nine games in the NHL since.

But given that, if you still believe Gillies has a place in the professional game, here are three more points:

Gillies is not an effective hockey player. And no matter how apologetic he might be over the incident on Friday, he's been suspended way too many times for us to believe he's ever going to change as a hockey player -- or, rather, a glorified night club bouncer with ice skates and a pair of fists.

Trevor Gillies is eligible to return to the ice for the AHL's Adirondack Flames on Nov. 15.