William P. Gilligan
William P. Gilligan
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Team: Ice Hockey

William P. Gilligan '77
Hometown:
Beverly, MA
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1982

William P. Gilligan '77 is generally considered to be one of the two or three finest hockey players ever to skate for Brown. The All-American, All-East, and two-time All-Ivy performer ended his career holding the Brown records for assists season (54) and career (112) and points season (77) and career (180). The assist records Gilligan broke belonged to Don Sennott '52, who had held them for a quarter of a century. Sennott is one of Gilligan's firmest backers. "I'd describe Gilligan as the perfect college hockey player," Sennott says. "The kid did everything well. He had no weaknesses and made no mistakes. I'd rate him with Curt Bennett '70 and Bob Gaudreau '66 as one of Brown's greatest stars." Gilligan's coach, Dick Toomey, would agree. "Many players are content to practice the things they do well. Not Bill Gilligan. Right from the start he would work on the elements of the game where he was relatively weak. For example, he needed to work on his skating after his freshman year. He also developed by hard work a low, sizzling shot that traveled about six inches off the ice. It was a shot that was too high for the goalie to handle easily with his stick and just low enough to give him trouble with the body." As a senior at Beverly (MA) High, Gilligan led his team to a 19-1 record and the North Shore Hockey League championship. He led the state in scoring with 77 points and was named Essex County Player of the Year. After another brilliant year at Taft School, Gilligan teamed with winger Bob McIntosh to pace the Brown Cubs to a 19-0 mark. Gilligan had 35 goals for the Cubs that year, including six hat tricks. At the varsity level, Gilligan was 20-22-42 his sophomore year, 25-54-79 as a junior, and 23-36-59 in 1976-77. In his junior season, Gilligan led the East in scoring with his 79 points, was named to the All-American, All-East, and All-Ivy first teams, was voted the Outstanding Hockey Player in New England, and helped the Bruins finish third nationally. After playing two seasons for the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey League, Bill Gilligan went to play hockey in Austria - where, naturally, he has been a leading scorer.