2010-11:John Gilmour left his native Montreal to play prep school hockey at Gilmour Academy in Ohio. He had 44 points in 62 games for Gilmour Academy, which captured the Mid-America District title and advanced to USA Hockey’s U18 National tournament. In four games at the national championships he had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. The Lancers lost to the Colorado Thunderbirds, 2-0, in the quarterfinals.
2011-12: Gilmour played for the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and in February committed to playing college hockey at Providence in 2012-13. In 58 games he had an even plus/minus and scored 10 goals with 14 assists and 14 penalty minutes. The RoughRiders finished fifth in the Eastern Conference. In two playoff games Gilmour had 1 assist and was -3.
2012-13: Gilmour made the jump from the USHL to college hockey, skating in 38 games for Providence as a freshman. He scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was +3 with 35 penalty minutes. Providence was fifth in Hockey East, finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2003-04, and won a first round playoff series against New Hampshire. In his third year of draft eligibility, Gilmour was not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings. He was selected by Calgary in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Gilmour skated in all 39 games for Providence as a sophomore and was the leading scorer amongst Friars’ defensemen. He scored 5 goals with 13 assists and was an even plus/minus with 22 penalty minutes. The Friars finished third in Hockey East and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals, falling to New Hampshire, 3-1. Providence received an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional and defeated Quinnipiac in the semifinals, 4-0, before falling to eventual national champion Union College, 3-1, in the regional final.
2014-15: Gilmour skated in 30 games for NCAA national champion Providence College in his junior season, suffering an injury in February kept him out for the Friars’ lineup until the second game of Providence’s Hockey East quarterfinal series against New Hampshire. He had a goal and an assist in the Friars’ 2-1 win, scoring the game-winner. The Friars’ lost 2-1 in overtime in the decisive third game one night later. Despite the loss to the Wildcats, Providence earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after finishing second in Hockey East in the regular season. The Friars defeated Miami (7-5) and Denver (4-1) to capture the NCAA East regional. and after a 4-1 win over Nebraska-Omaha in the Frozen Four semifinal out-lasted Hockey East regular season champion Boston University, 4-3, in the championship game. Teamed with sophomore Kyle McKenzie on the Friars’ top pairing for much of the year, Gilmour scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was +2 with 10 penalty minutes.
Gilmour is a solid defender despite less than prototypical size for a defenseman. He is a strong, fast skater and possesses a hard, accurate shot from the point. Gilmour has an offensive side to his game and sees time on the power play unit for the Providence Friars. The Montreal native has the hockey IQ and composure to become an effective blueliner.
Gilmour was one of three Flames' prospects to skate for Providence College's national championship team in 2014-15 as a junior and will return for his senior season (center Mark Jankowski also returns while goalie Jon Gillies signed an entry-level deal with the Flames' last spring). Gilmour has been a key member of the Friars' defense corps and long-term he projects as a competent lower pairing defender capable of playing in all roles. He will likely spend time in the AHL honing his game before reaching that point.