Montreal Canadiens skater, Brendan Gallagher has come a long way. The skater is now among the best players in Canadiens roaster. Gallagher knows that he may not have come this far without the help of others.
The skater was privileged to have reliable trainers at his disposal. He actually had a trainer at home ; his dad Ian. His dad was committed to his son’s career and that is why he used to create space on the lake for his son to skate during winter.
Gallagher did not have a big body and so he just had to train harder to be able to beat his rivals. The skater quoted an instance during his tenure in Giants under the watch of coach John Glen.
“One night, when John Glen was my head coach, we were playing against a team at the bottom of the standings. We should have won easily, but the game was tied 3-3. With five seconds left, I jumped onto the ice and scored.
At first I felt like a hero,” admitted the Edmonton native. “But when I got back to the bench, John asked me where I was for the previous 59 minutes. That taught me a valuable lesson. I realized that I couldn’t just show up for 10 seconds a night. I needed to play a full 60 minutes.”
On his part, Glen does not remember such a night but he reckoned that Gallagher was great on the ice thanks to his parents who were always there to mentor him. “Brendan was always ultra competitive. What he lacked in size he made up with heart. He worked harder than anyone on the ice, even at a young age.”
“He grew up next to a lake,” continued Glen, who shared coaching duties with the head of the Gallagher household at the time. “Every winter, his father Ian would shovel the lake to create a rink. They could exit from their basement and be right on the ice. Ian made time to take Brendan onto the ice every day to practice his skating, do cone drills, and so on. It was a real advantage for him.”
At the moment, Gallagher is careful not to engage in loosing battles that will put him on the loosing end. The skater is now much disciplined than ever before. Gallagher owes it all to his former coach, Jim Voytechek. The player now understands that he can land in to trouble if he is always on the wrong side.
“Jim kept me disciplined from an early age. Sometimes you want to hit a guy in front of the net and you end up taking a stupid penalty. It doesn’t matter how talented you are if you’re sitting on the bench,” underlined 5-foot-9, 182-pound winger. “I quickly learned when to defend my teammates and when to let something go, since playing selfishly could cost me ice time and the team a shorthanded goal.”
“I remember one time, I scored while falling onto the net and pretended to be hurt in order to gain sympathy. What I forgot was there was actually rule in place where if a coach had to come get you on the ice, you had to miss your next three shifts,” remembered the Canadiens’ fifth-round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft.
“When I got up from the bench later to get back on the ice, I was quickly reminded about that rule. That’s why today, if I’m hurt, I try to get off the ice quickly. It’s the little things like that which made a difference for me.”