Brendan Gallagher is a forward you love to hate – unless he’s on your team. Mark Malinowski sat down with the feisty winger for our Getting to Know feature.
Status: Montreal Canadiens right wing.
Height: 5-9 Weight: 170
Date of birth: May 6, 1992 Born in: Edmonton, Alberta.
First Hockey Memory: “Just playing on the outdoor rink growing up. I grew up just outside Edmonton in Sherwood Park. My first real memory is just being outside on the pond, learning to skate and as you grow up, playing with your friends.”
Hockey Inspirations: “For me, my role model has always been Martin St-Louis and watching him when they won the Cup and they won in the playoffs. That stuck with me and him being my favorite player.”
Last Book Read: “Last book I read was about Walter Payton.”
Current Car: “I drive a Ford Escape (black).”
Favorite Uniforms: “Who’s got nice jerseys… I like the L.A. Kings. Black ones. I think there are several but I think those are pretty cool.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Last year in Boston, we went to a shootout and we kinda came back in the third period and I scored the tying goal and then I scored the shootout winner.” (Note: This interview was conducted before Montreal defeated Boston in this year’s playoffs.)
Most Painful Moment: “Losing in the playoffs last year. Losing to Boston – most painful thing you can go through.”
Most Memorable Goal: “Probably my first goal. In probably my third or fourth game. Against Martin Brodeur. So, pretty memorable.”
First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “I think it was Curtis Joseph growing up in Edmonton. I was able to get his autograph.”
Closest Hockey Friends: “Probably ‘Chucky’ – (Alex) Galchenyuk. Right now, we room together. We spend a lot of time together. For us to go through our rookie seasons together was pretty cool.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Colby Armstrong and Hal Gill. Hal Gill I met at training camp in Montreal. He made me laugh every time I saw him. Playing with Colby Armstrong – his sense of humor is something I’ve never seen before.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “Last year they made us get off the plane in Florida without our shirts on. That was Army’s idea (Colby Armstrong). Me and Chucky had to get off – all the media was standing out because the plane was in Florida – So, nice sunny day and we just had our suit jackets on and that was it.” (Smiles.)
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “I just enjoy it. It’s something I’m fortunate to be able to do for a living. But, first and foremost, I have fun doing it and I have fun playing the games. The most enjoyable thing is being around your teammates and kinda creating this family atmosphere in the locker room.”
Strangest Game: “I had a few high-scoring games. We had a playoff game in junior that was 10-8 or 9-7, something like that. That’s something you don’t expect in junior. Probably the strangest game.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Football and golf.”
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: “Martin St-Louis. Andy Dalton…Who’s number three…Galchenyuk.” (Galchenyuk in adjacent locker smiles and mock celebrates, pumping his fist, saying, Yes.) “No, I’m not gonna say Galchenyuk…Tiger Woods.” (Galchenyuk feigns mock disappointment.)
People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: “People that are humble. I think that’s something you always look for in a person.”