Gilroy is one heck of a story. Undrafted out of high school / prep, he went to BU as a non-scholarship walk on. In fact, BU Coach (and resident @#$@#$) Jack Parker told him not to come to BU as he didn't have the skills to play high level division 1 hockey. Well, four years later, not only did he have the skills, he led the Terriers to a National Championship and won the Hobey Baker. Gilroy wears #97 not because of some sort of ego trip, but because of his humility.
Either way, Gilroy will probably start next season in Hartford, but could be up on the big club before season's end.
Hey can you give me some info on this guy? I dont really play any attention to college hockey other than the Siena Saints now. Is this guy like real deal greatness?
And another general question to anyone; Hows the Rangers minor leagues looking now? I havent payed any attention to that this year since Cherepanov passed. How did the prospects progress this year, any of them look like they could make an impact next year seeing as the big teams probably gonna lose a fair amount of the mid range players due to the amazing signing of redden tieing nup money that could go to them?
First of all, Siena doesn't have college hockey. If you want to find college hockey in the Albany area, go to RPI or Union.
Also, it's yet to be seen if Gilroy is the "real thing". I don't think in the slightest that he's great. However, he's proven to be a smart offensive defenseman, something you don't see much at the college level. Most NCAA defensemen, even the high scoring ones, become more solid blueliners but don't do much on the scoresheet. He has a sneaky shot from the blueline, not particularly hard, but sneaky. The other thing you'll notice is that Gilroy is already 25, a solid 2 years older than a lot of his competition ... a big BIG factor for a defenseman.
I'm pretty positive ive watched them play a few times this year lol. They may not be a varsity but they do exist. Winter's now dominated by college basketball and nhl hockey for me so i dont really pay attention to any other sports.
It is a nice story and he comes from a nice family from the island. My son used to play with him when they were kids and his father coached them. He was a good Basketball player at St. John's . He wears # 97 in honor of his brother who died at 8 in a fluke bicycle. What do you know about the BU coach? He sounds like a jerk.