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Brendan Adam Mathew Gallagher is an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Canadiens in the 5th round, 147th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

During his four-year junior career, Gallagher received Western Hockey League (WHL) West First All-Star Team honours (2010– 11) and ended up being the Vancouver Giants’ all-time leading goal- and point-scorer. Globally, he won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 IIHF U20 Championships.

In his first professional season, Gallagher was straight designated to the Canadiens’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, due to the 2012– 13 NHL lockout. Upon a resolution, Gallagher was recalled to the Canadiens’ training camp for the reduced 2012– 13 season. He scored his first NHL goal on January 27, 2013, against Martin Brodeur in a 4– 3 win over the New Jersey Devils. After the trade of Michael Ryder back to the Canadiens, Gallagher switched from jersey number 73 to 11 to accommodate the veteran Ryder, who has used 73 throughout his NHL career. Gallagher scored 15 goals and 13 assists in 44 games and established himself as a key member of Montreal’s offence, frequently using the Canadiens’ first line. On May 6, 2013, Gallagher was also chosen for the Calder Memorial Trophy, granted to the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, and placed second in ballot.

On November 29, 2014, the Canadiens pertained to terms with Gallagher on a six-year contract extension.

On September 18, 2015 it was announced that Gallagher would become one of the alternate captains of the Montreal Canadiens along with P.K. Subban, Tomas Plekanec, and Andrei Markov.

In his third WHL season, Gallagher was welcomed to the Canadian junior team’s World Junior choice camp in December 2010. Cannot make the roster, he was among the preliminary cuts. The following year, Gallagher made the team for the 2012 World Junior Championships, kept in Alberta. In the last contest of the preliminary round, Gallagher was named Canada’s player of the game after recording a game-high 7 shots on goal in a 3– 2 win versus the United States. In the semifinal, Gallagher recorded a goal and 2 assists on Canada’s last three goals, helping them get within one goal of eliminating a 6– 1 deficit against Russia. Canada went on to win their bronze medal game versus Finland 4– 0. Gallagher finished the competition with 6 points (3 goals and 3 assists), tying for 5th in team scoring, while leading Canada with 35 shots on goal.