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===Amateur===
 
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[[image:Matt-gilroy-97.jpg|thumb|Gilroy at [[Boston University]]]]
 
[[image:Matt-gilroy-97.jpg|thumb|Gilroy at [[Boston University]]]]
After a [[junior hockey|junior]] career in the [[Eastern Junior Hockey League]] (EJHL) with the Walpole Jr. Stars (currently known as [[South Shore Kings]]), Gilroy joined the [[college hockey]] ranks with the [[Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey|Boston University Terriers]] of [[Hockey East]] in 2005–06. Making the team as a walk-on, he was a natural forward but was forced into the eighth defenseman position – the only available role. After his third college season, Gilroy attracted considerable attention from the [[National Hockey League|NHL]] as an undrafted free agent, but had intentions of completing his degree at [[Boston University]].<ref name=bloomer/>
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After a [[junior hockey|junior]] career in the [[Eastern Junior Hockey League]] (EJHL) with the Walpole Jr. Stars (currently known as [[South Shore Kings]]), Gilroy joined the [[college hockey]] ranks with the [[Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey|Boston University Terriers]] of [[Hockey East]] in 2005–06. Making the team as a walk-on, he was a natural forward but was forced into the eighth defenseman position – the only available role. After his third college season, Gilroy attracted considerable attention from the [[National Hockey League|NHL]] as an undrafted free agent, but had intentions of completing his degree at [[Boston University]].<ref name=gillis/><ref name=bloomer/>
   
 
In his senior year in 2008–09, he was named [[captain (ice hockey)|team captain]] of the Terriers and recorded a college career-high 36 points in 43 games, first among Hockey East defensemen and third in the [[NCAA]]. He went on to lead the Terriers to their third [[Beanpot (ice hockey)|Beanpot]] championship in four years en route to the [[Frozen Four]] Tournament. On April 10, 2009, Gilroy was announced as the winner of the 2009 [[Hobey Baker Award]].<ref>{{cite news|last=Albright|first=David|title=BU rules hockey awards, Gilroy wins Hobey|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4060096&name=college_sports|publisher=[[ESPN]]|date=2009-04-10|accessdate=2009-04-10}}</ref> The next day, the Terriers competed for the [[NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship|NCAA championship]] against the [[Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey|Miami RedHawks]]. Trailing 3–1 late in the third period, the Terriers rallied with 2 goals in the final minute to force overtime. Gilroy earned an assist on Nick Bonino's game-tying goal with 17 seconds left.<ref name=rally/> The Terriers won in overtime, defeating the RedHawks 4–3, making Gilroy just the fifth player to win the Hobey Baker Award and NCAA championship in the same season. He was additionally given his third All-American honor, becoming just the third NCAA player to earn the distinction as many times, after [[Rick Meagher]] (1977) and [[Chris Drury]] (1998).<ref>{{Cite web|title=Boston University's Matt Gilroy takes best shot|url=http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/college/hockey/view/2009_03_28_Boston_University_s_Matt_Gilroy_takes_best_shot/|accessdate=2009-04-15|date=2009-03-28|publisher=''[[Boston Herald]]''}}</ref>
 
In his senior year in 2008–09, he was named [[captain (ice hockey)|team captain]] of the Terriers and recorded a college career-high 36 points in 43 games, first among Hockey East defensemen and third in the [[NCAA]]. He went on to lead the Terriers to their third [[Beanpot (ice hockey)|Beanpot]] championship in four years en route to the [[Frozen Four]] Tournament. On April 10, 2009, Gilroy was announced as the winner of the 2009 [[Hobey Baker Award]].<ref>{{cite news|last=Albright|first=David|title=BU rules hockey awards, Gilroy wins Hobey|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4060096&name=college_sports|publisher=[[ESPN]]|date=2009-04-10|accessdate=2009-04-10}}</ref> The next day, the Terriers competed for the [[NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship|NCAA championship]] against the [[Miami RedHawks men's ice hockey|Miami RedHawks]]. Trailing 3–1 late in the third period, the Terriers rallied with 2 goals in the final minute to force overtime. Gilroy earned an assist on Nick Bonino's game-tying goal with 17 seconds left.<ref name=rally/> The Terriers won in overtime, defeating the RedHawks 4–3, making Gilroy just the fifth player to win the Hobey Baker Award and NCAA championship in the same season. He was additionally given his third All-American honor, becoming just the third NCAA player to earn the distinction as many times, after [[Rick Meagher]] (1977) and [[Chris Drury]] (1998).<ref>{{Cite web|title=Boston University's Matt Gilroy takes best shot|url=http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/college/hockey/view/2009_03_28_Boston_University_s_Matt_Gilroy_takes_best_shot/|accessdate=2009-04-15|date=2009-03-28|publisher=''[[Boston Herald]]''}}</ref>
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