Gallant wins fight in NHL debut

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Summerside’s Brett Gallant made an immediate impact in his first NHL game.

The New York Islanders tough guy and Ottawa’s Matt Kassian drew coincidental unsportsmanlike conduct penalties 7:55 into the first period. Two minutes later they stepped onto the ice and four seconds later they dropped the mitts.

Gallant, who is fourth in the American Hockey League with 245 penalty minutes in 56 games this season, ended it with his first punch, a right hand.

Wearing No. 59, Gallant finished the game with seven penalty minutes, three hits and a shot in 6:02 of ice time.

“I was nervous going into it. I got a hit in my first shift and I feel pretty good,” he said during a first intermission interview on MSG.

His parents were able to make the game and Gallant credited them during the interview with him making it to the show.

The Islanders lost 4-1 in their final home game of the regular season.

The Islanders recalled Gallant Monday from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, where the 25-year-old forward has a goal and an assist in 2013-14. This season marks Gallant’s third full campaign with the Sound Tigers and his fifth professional season.

Prior to his professional career, Gallant skated for both the Saint John Sea Dogs and his hometown Summerside Western Capitals.

The Islanders play the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ADT.

Organizations: New York Islanders, NHL, American Hockey League Bridgeport Sound Tigers Montreal Canadiens

Geographic location: Ottawa

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Recent comments

  • James
    April 09, 2014 - 15:50

    Finally making it to teh NHL, it couldn't of happened to a nicer or harder working guy. All the best Brett. Looking forward to see you playing for many more games to come

  • jack
    April 09, 2014 - 13:47

    How many goals did he score? Assists ?? Fights ?? Any goon can fight..If S'side is proud of his 1st game due to his willingness to fight, there's really no hope on the "sandbar". That's not talent...

  • wwf
    April 09, 2014 - 06:46

    dumb streetfighter logic at play send him to the wwf premeditated fighting !!!! dumber hockey as it is !!!

    • Jim McArthur
      April 09, 2014 - 08:31

      The NHL has maintained a fighting policy, this policy works to keep the cheap stuff to a minimum. This young fella fills that policy requirement and has carved a spot for himself on a team. A rough way to make a living, but a living none the less. Don't call him dumb or a street fighter, as he is neither. He is a skilled athlete that is filling a role while fulfilling a dream.

    • Aaron
      April 09, 2014 - 09:04

      The kid does something to stand out in his first NHL hockey game and this is the type of reaction people are going to give? Do you even realize the amount of training and dedication it takes to get where he got? Go watch wrestlemania or something