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Gallagher's standing tall
Giants winger is on pace to rewrite records
By Steve Ewen, The Province
January 12, 2012
Vancouver Giants new captain Brendan Gallagher lies in the crease in front of netminder Drew Owsley of the Prince George Cougars during the first period of Tuesday's game at the Pacific Coliseum.
Photograph by: Ian Lindsay - PNG, The Province
Watch out, Adam Courchaine. You, too, Evander Kane. Brendan Gallagher is coming to get you.
Gallagher, the Vancouver Giants scrappy sniper, is closing in on Courchaine's team mark for career goals and is ahead of the pace Kane was on when he set the Giants record for goals in a season.
Courchaine scored 126 times in 241 regular season games for Vancouver from 2001-05. Gallagher is four shy of bettering that after 220 games.
Heading into Friday's visit from the nationally No. 1 ranked Tri-City Americans, Gallagher, a right winger, has 28 goals in 30 games. Kane set the Giants standard when he lit the lamp 48 times in 61 games in 2008-09; he had 24 goals at the 30-game mark that season.
"Do I ever think about it? Only when guys like you ask me about it," Gallagher, 19, said with what's become his trademark smile.
"It's not something I worry about. The goals will come if I keep doing the same things.
"The more you stress about those things, the less successful you're going to be. I've been around long enough that I know how to block those things out of my mind and just go out there and play."
But which record is more important to him? Gallagher swears he couldn't pick. He was a 16-year-old rookie playing alongside a 17-yearold Kane when the left winger went on his tear.
He was a fan of Courchaine, a centre, as a youngster. Gallagher's been around the Giants for sever-al years, since his dad, Ian, is the club's longtime strength and conditioning coach.
"They're both pretty good records and really good players own them both," said Gallagher. "It's not something I worry about, but if I could get put in the same category as those two it would be special.
"Courchaine was my favourite player when my dad would bring me to watch. Him and Mitch Bartley were my favourites to watch, along with Gilbert Brule."
Gallagher is also well with-in reach of Courchaine's Giants career points record. Courchaine put up 273. Gallagher is at 258.
As well, the Giants career assist record is 155, set by defenceman Jon Blum from 2005-09, and Gallagher is at 135. Casey Pierro-Zabo-tel established the team single sea-son standard for points when he produced 115 in 2008-09; Gallagher has an outside shot at that, since he has 55 points with 30 games go.
It will be interesting to see if his new role as team captain has any affect, negatively or positively, on his scoring. He took over the 'C' Tuesday when James Henry was swapped to the Moose Jaw Warriors at the trade deadline.
"I didn't notice it - I wasn't falling on my left crossovers or any-thing like that," Gallagher said of having a 'C' on his jersey before getting serious.
"I go about my business the same way. I don't think the guys in the locker-room look at me any differently."
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