Terry Joseph Galiardi
Born April 22, 1988 (age 23) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Center for the Colorado Avalanche
I follow this guy on Twitter, but I needed to know more about him…where to start? First of all, TJ has dual American and Canadian citizenship even though he was born in Canada (he plays for the US team in international competition). He began with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Royals before being drafted by the Portland Winterhawks in 2006. Instead of playing in the juniors right away, though, he spent the 2006-07 season playing at Dartmouth College, where his 31 points in 33 games were some of the best on the team. When he went back to Cancada to play in the WHL after being picked by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007 draft, he was traded to the Calgary Hitmen. In that one year with the Hitmen he had 70 points, making him the second highest-scoring rookie league wide!
In 2008 TJ got a three-year entry contract with the Avs and was sent to the Lake Erie Monsters, their AHL team. But in March 2009, he got his first call up, and he got his first goal against Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks. The next season he made the roster and played 70 games (this was due to an ankle injury suffered while he played the Calgary Flames in front of a hometown crowd. But when he came back, he was put on the top line with Paul Stastny and Chris Stewart, and he was an important asset in the Avs’ playoff run before they fell to the San Jose Sharks. This past season saw him only play 35 games due to injury, but this season hopes to be better. He only has 5 points right now, but I think we’ll hearing more from him.