Vancan Outta The Blue

Giants’ Gallagher To Attend Team Canada WJ Camp

By Josh Hall

The last two cracks at winning the  World Junior Hockey Championship for Canada have been failed attempts, but the upcoming Summer Development Camp looks very promising. In addition to seven players who are returning from last year’s silver medal winning squad, Vancouver Giant Brendan Gallagher will return for his 2nd camp.

Gallagher, who hails from Delta, BC, will join 12 other players from the WHL, as well as 22 from the OHL, 9 from the QMJHL and 2 NCAA players at the evaluation camp. Gallagher was exceptional this past season, becoming a 1st team WHL Western Conference All-Star and setting career highs in goals (44), assists (47), points (91) and plus/minus (+30). The 19 year old Canadiens draft pick says, “After getting cut last year, one my goal’s heading into this season is to make the team and the first step to achieving that goal is to make an impression at the summer camp.” Gallagher has scored 95 goals over the last 2 seasons in the Dub and that includes back to back 40+ goal outputs.

Arguably what could be the biggest advantage and best thing going for Team Canada and Gallagher is that Don Hay is coaching the team. With Hay being Gallagher’s head coach in Van City, the young forward is familiar with his coaching style, and obviously has a good rep with the man who last coached Canada’s World Junior team in 1995. Hay, who is from Kamloops, is 57 this year and says, “You have to change with the times or else you get left behind!” He’s proven he can do that by taking the Giants to the Memorial Cup two years in a row (06 & 07) and winning it in 2007.

Don’t get the kid wrong, he knows he can’t take Don Hay being head coach for granted.

“If I’m not working hard and playing with intensity, he’s not going to pick me.”

The camp goes August 3-7 in Edmonton as the players hope to become familiar with the venue in which half of the tournament will be played, Rexall Place. The other half will take place in Calgary at the Saddledome this December.

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