The Blade’s Blake Gallagher

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Updated: January 18, 2014
Mount Pearl Blades Blake Gallagher | Newfoundland Hockey Talk

Blake Gallagher broke into the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) in the 2012-2013 season playing with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and the Clarenville Caribous.  His regular season stats saw him score 9 goals and add 11 assists for a 20-point season, putting him in 20th place in scoring in the league.  He added another 3 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs.

While Gallagher is a relatively small player, one cannot help but notice his speed and skill that he brings to the ice.  He is a very fast skater, capable of keeping up with the best in the league.  He has soft hands and a great view for the game, seeing plays unfolding before him, allowing him to capitalize on every opportunity that presents itself.  One cannot help but also noticing that he has a very quick shot and ask the goalies in the league, it’s a shot that carries a lot of thump.

The 2013-2014 season has Gallagher lacing up for the Mount Pearl Blades and he hasn’t slowed down.  He brings intensity to each game and has himself on pace to either match or surpass last year’s numbers on the score sheet.  On a team that doesn’t have a big scoring punch but rather sees its offense spread throughout the entire lineup, Gallagher’s feel for the game may just be the key to the Blades success as it pushes for the playoffs.  His ability to read the flow and setup his teammates is something that is going to be necessary in the weeks to come.

For the Blades to have any success and fend off the Gander Flyers in the battle for fifth, Gallagher has to be prepared to take a few more chances, utilize his speed and get himself in a better position to fire shots on net.  This may mean spending more time on the wing than at centre, two positions he’s played throughout his career.

There’s one thing certain, while Blake Gallagher is not one of the most talked about players in Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey, he has the potential and the skills to come into his own and have a long successful career within this provincial hockey scene.

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