Brian Gifford put up a lot of points playing for his high school the past season (19 goals, 37 assists in 26 games). However, he is fairly thin at this point and needs to add a great deal of strength before being ready to take the physical rigors of an NHL game, furthermore a full schedule.
2006-07: The freshman finished tied eighth on his team in scoring and fifth in penalty minutes.
2007-08: After a solid second season at the University of Denver, Gifford missed the last five games of his season from a high-ankle injury sustained during a practice. The forward was named to the All-WHCA Academic team. The Pioneers’ forward played on the point during the powerplay and split time on the second and third lines.
Early in his hockey career Gifford has been a leader, being a captain for his high school team, and appears to be on path to wear an “A” with the Ice. Gifford has the ability to put the puck in the net, but as his numbers indicate, he’s an unselfish player who feeds his teammates whenever he can.
Gifford will go on to play his third season at the University of Denver.