Sunday, June 23, 2024

Transfer Profile (2024): Defenseman Aiden Gallacher (Northern Michigan ➡️ Omaha)


Senior Defenseman Aiden Gallacher

Former School: Northern Michigan (Wildcats)

Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan

Birthday: March 30, 2000

Height: 6' 1"

Weight: 190

Shoots: Right

@AidenGalla (Twitter)

Junior Hockey Career: 

  • Led all Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) defensemen in goals (8), assists (17), and points (25) in 46 games played in 2019-20, including 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) on the power play. He was also team captain in the 2019-20 season.
  • Had 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) and was +20 in 37 games with Youngstown in 2018-19.
  • Recorded 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) and a +5 rating in his first season in junior hockey with the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL in 2017-18.

College Hockey Career:

  • Played his freshman and sophomore seasons with Michigan State, recording 1 goal and 3 assists. As a freshman (2020-2021), he appeared in all but one game and was an AHCA/Krampade Academic All-American Scholar. As a sophomore (2021-22), he had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 26 blocked shots in 32 games. He was Academic All-Big Ten and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
  • Transferred to Northern Michigan where he skated in all 38 games as a junior. Gallacher led the nation with 104 blocks that season (2022-23) and had 2 goals and 5 assists with a +6 plus/minus rating. He recorded one short-handed goal, one game-winning goal and one multi-goal game (2 goals against Bemidji state in January 2023).
  • He was a co-captain for the Wildcats his senior season (2023-24), playing in all 34 games. He had 3 goals, 5 assists and led the team with 78 blocked shots. He scored his second career game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Michigan Tech in December 2023. He was named to the CCHA Scholar-Athlete Team.

News articles:

A two-way defenseman with good offensive instincts … Possesses excellent on-ice awareness and vision … Has a quick shot release from the blue line … Uses his size and quick feet very well to defend in his own zone.

Our thanks to the Sacred Heart Hockey blog for the inspiration for the blog post concept. 

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