Friday, August 20, 2010

Q&A with Matt Gilroy

Second in a series of Q&A interviews with former Terriers who made their NHL debuts last season. [Brandon Yip Q&A-8/3/10 ]

The storybook path that took Matt Gilroy from walk-on freshman in Sept. 2005 to three-time All-American, Hobey Baker Award winner in 2009 and captain of BU’s “miracle comeback” National Champions the same year has gained instant-legend status with Terrier fans. Then, just days after the Frozen Four dramatics in D.C., Gilroy signed a multi-year contract with the New York Rangers, enabling him to begin his pro career in Madison Square Garden where his father, Frank, had played basketball for St. John’s.

Gilroy immediately earned a spot in the Blueshirts’ lineup and played 69 games, with a 4-11-15 scoring line. Currently preparing for Rangers’ training camp, Gilroy talked with us about his rookie season in the NHL.

Q If you had to give yourself a grade on your rookie pro season, what would it be?
A. It was a great experience. It was a good first year, but as for a grade, I don't think about hockey like that.

Q. What did you learn during the season that you'd wished you knew about while at BU?
A. Nothing. College and pro are very different learning experiences. While at BU I did not think about what the NHL was like; I concentrated on being at BU. I would not change anything [from my time] at BU.

Q. Was your brief demotion to Hartford a disappointment or a challenge-or both?
A. Being demoted to Hartford is part of playing professional hockey, so it was neither a disappointment nor a challenge rather part of the process.

California Dreamin''s Mike Morreale examines the explosion in top hockey talent in The Golden State and talks with Long Beach native Matt Nieto, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of longtime friend Emerson Etem, a first round pick in the NHL's 2010 entry draft. Terrier freshman Nieto, a top candidate for the 2011 draft, just completed the NHL's Research, Development & Orientation camp in Ontario.

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