An arrest warrant has been issued for former St. John’s Maple Leafs player Todd Gillingham, since he was a no-show in provincial court Wednesday morning.
Gillingham, 48, is facing two charges of impaired driving and two charges of driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, stemming from incidents on Oct. 5 and Oct. 20 of last year.
When Judge James Walsh called his case Wednesday, Gillingham didn’t show up. Walsh ordered a warrant for his arrest.
Gillingham has been convicted of similar charges in the past. In 2011 he was fined $2,500 and given a two-year driving ban after he was found guilty of driving while impaired, and in 2014 he was handed a year-long driving ban and a fine of $1,100 for impaired driving/refusing to provide a breath sample, as well as failing to comply with a demand for testing.
A native of Corner Brook, Gillingham played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and four seasons in the AHL for the St. John’s Maple Leafs. He also spent time playing for the Mount Pearl Blades and the Corner Brook Royals before retiring from hockey 10 years ago and turning to real estate.
Gillingham’s LinkedIn page says he worked as a counsellor at the province’s youth detention centre on Whitbourne for a year starting in 2006, and in 2014 he founded iTalkNL, a website he describes as a support resource for those dealing with mental health and addictions issues.
"After going through recovery and realizing what a difference learning to open up and discuss the issues I was facing in my life (was making), I decided to launch this site to help others."