T. J. Galiardi
TJ Galiardi
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team Colorado Avalanche
Born April 22 1988 (1988-04-22) (age 31),
Calgary, Alberta, CAN
NHL Draft 55th overall, 2007
Colorado Avalanche
Pro Career 2008 – present

T. J. Galiardi (born April 22, 1988, in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League.

Early yearsEdit

Galiardi was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the son of Terry and Lori Galiardi. He has two brothers, Rylan and Daniel. Because his mother is a United States citizen, Galiardi holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship.

Playing careerEdit

Galiardi was drafted in the second round, 55th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Galiardi played junior hockey with the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before he was selected by the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2006.

Galiardi however opted to play collegiate hockey with Dartmouth College for the 2006–07 season. He finished the season with 31 points in 33 games for the Big Green, second to fellow Avalanche prospect David Jones. Galiardi left collegiate hockey to return to the Western Hockey League for the 2007–08 season. Upon his return the Calgary native had a homecoming of sorts when he was traded by the Winterhawks to the Calgary Hitmen for a 3rd round pick on August 30, 2007. Galiardi had a successful season with the Hitmen, placing second in the WHL among rookies, with 70 points, then leading the entire WHL in playoff scoring.

On May 13, 2008, Galiardi was signed by the Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract. He made his professional debut with the Avalanche's affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL at the start of the 2008–09 season. On March 19, 2009, Galiardi received his first NHL recall. He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche the same day in a 8-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers. Galiardi scored his first NHL goal on March 27, against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks despite the team losing 4-1.

Awards and achievementsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Calgary Royals AJHL 59 19 37 56 60
2006–07 Dartmouth College ECAC 33 14 17 31 30
2007–08 Calgary Hitmen WHL 72 18 52 70 77 16 5 19 24 20
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 66 10 17 27 32
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 3 1 4 6
NHL totals 11 3 1 4 6

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