Gallant overcame shyness

Played from 1991-1995
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Categories: College Sports, Sports

The Union hockey program celebrates its 25th anniversary season this year. On Thursdays during the season, The Daily Gazette will look back at some of the players who were part of the program.

Michael Gallant

YEARS PLAYED AT UNION: 1991-1995.

POSITION: Goalie.

CAREER STATISTICS: 51 games, 10-30-3, 4.51 goals-against average and .880 save percentage. He was team MVP in 1993-94 after going 10-9-2 with a 3.80 GAA and helping the Dutchmen earn their first ECAC Hockey playoff berth in their third year of Division I play.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME TO UNION?: A chance to attend a great school and to face a lot of rubber, LOL. I think Union recruited me after seeing me face 200 shots over a three-night period in junior. The first night they came to see me play, we were outshot 73-18 and lost 3-2 to [former Union teammate] Gary Edmonds’ team. Union had a great education rating, as well, which made it a win-win.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF IN YOUR TIME AT UNION?: As you probably remember, I was a pretty shy kid back then (when not on the ice), and college forced me to learn about my emotional weaknesses and how to deal with things when they are tougher than I had ever faced. Being away from home and playing a pressure position on such a young team while juggling tough courses.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: I think it’s a tie between making 52 saves beating Brown in their building scoring with like a minute left to win it 3-2 and, of course, making 41 saves to scare the crap out of RPI to get our first Division I playoff game victory.

WHAT HE’S DOING NOW: Real estate agent in Oshawa, Ontario.

HOW DID YOUR PLAYING CAREER INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE AFTER UNION?: I think all the sports we play growing up and just going to college forces us to deal with so many types of people and their personalities. I was also a Resident Advisor for two years at Union, and all those things play a huge role in my business life. I am not that shy guy anymore, LOL.

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