Matt Gilroy (MET'09) Men's Ice Hockey

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Graduating Class: MET'09

Hometown: North Bellmore, New York

Position: Defenseman

Why He's a Winner: As senior cocaptain, led the men's ice hockey team to the 2009 NCAA championship; 2009 recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, college hockey's highest honor; ranks third among all defensemen in the nation; was the first defenseman in league history to be three times named a First Team Hockey East All-Star.

Defining Moment: "When I was young I had the chance to skate with Pat LaFontaine at a hockey clinic. He was close enough that I could reach out and touch him, and I remember thinking, wow, this is what I want to do some day."

Biggest Challenge: "When I came to BU, Coach Jack Parker told me I had to switch from forward to defenseman. But it was actually one of the best things that could have happened to me, because it developed me into a two-way player."

Greatest Insecurity: "Physically, it took me a really long time to grow. I was eighteen years old and I didn't even weigh 150 pounds. I knew guys my age who were getting drafted, and meanwhile, I was still playing in the junior leagues."

Most Important Lesson: "Two of my brothers died when I was a child, and my favorite uncle died when I was a teenager. They taught me how to live by inspiring me to play as hard as I can. Before each play, I tap my chest three times: once for each of them."

Future Endeavor: "I've signed a contract with the New York Rangers."

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