Hitmen rookie T.J. Galiardi is making quite an impression in Calgary, playing a strong offensive game that has the attention of everyone that watches. The winger is working wonders for the club, which is currently ranked number one in the CHL.
In only six games, the 19-year-old has a solid seven points under his belt, putting him at the top of the squad in the mere beginning of the season. His performance thus far has made him the unofficial face of the Hitmen.
Galiardi plays a skillful game both mentally and physically. His speed, puck-handling skill and ability to situate himself in the right place at the right time has earned him bragging rights in the league. If he’s not potting a goal himself, he’s putting the puck on the stick of veteran players like Karl Alzner or Ryan White to chalk up an assist.
The powerhouse line for the Hitmen right now is White, Ian Duval and Galiardi. The trio’s most impressive performance yet was the October 3rd trouncing of the Swift Current Broncos 7-2. White scored once for Calgary along with three assists, while Galiardi and Duval both sniped a goal and added an assist each.
On October 8th, the Hitmen were victorious over the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 where Galiardi scored the game-winning goal for Calgary. Galiardi capitalized with a backhander on a pass from Eric Frere in the third period to give the Hitmen a 3-2 lead in the game, helping to push the clan to their fourth straight win. An empty netter by Ryan White brought the final tally of the contest to 4-2.
The Calgary Hitmen truly are a force to be reckoned with. They sport veteran talent like White and Alzner and rookie phenomenon Galiardi. Even after a disappointing 5-0 loss to the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday, the Hitmen have nothing to frown about. The club is still number one in the central division, WHL and CHL and boasts a 9-2 record thus far. This is the second best start the team has seen in the franchise history. The Calgary squad takes on the Vancouver Giants on Friday, October 12th at 7:30 pm.