Happy New Year and welcome to the Best of Into the Sin Bin! In this edition, we revisit interviews with a pair of well-known tough guys.

Les Borsheim raises the Ray Miron President's Cup as a two-time CHL champion with the Colorado Eagles
Les Borsheim raises the Ray Miron President’s Cup as a two-time CHL champion with the Colorado Eagles

CAUTION: This interview contains language which may not be suitable for children

Leading off is a conversation with former Oklahoma City Blazers, Philadelphia Phantoms, Quad City Mallards, and Colorado Eagles player Les Borsheim.

We chat about his playing career, the accident which left him paralyzed, his road to recovery and return to the sport of hockey.

The 17-year forward signed with the Stingrays during the offseason. Photo Courtesy: South Carolina Stingrays
The 17-year forward signed with the Stingrays during the offseason. Photo Courtesy: South Carolina Stingrays

Later, we’ll have a conversation with a rugged veteran  forward from the South Carolina Stingrays, Trevor Gillies. Over the course of his 17-year professional career, Gillies has played in more than 600 games in the ECHL and AHL, 57 over parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League.

During the 2010-11 season with the New York Islanders, Gillies skated in 39 games, scoring two goals and adding 165 penalty minutes. That season, the 6-foot-3, 231-pound Gillies fought several NHL heavyweights including Shawn Thornton, Jared Boll, Paul Bissonnette and the late Derek Boogaard.

Gillies began his professional hockey career with the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1999. He also spent time with former ECHL clubs in Greensboro, Augusta, Richmond and Peoria during his career. Most recently, Gillies appeared in five games for the Orlando Solar Bears during the 2013-14 campaign. He has skated in 122 career ECHL games.

We’ll chat about how he got into hockey, his first NHL call-up, mentoring players and the role of enforcers in today’s game.

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