2006-07: T.J. Galiardi capped his sensational season leading all Dartmouth rookies in scoring with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists). His eight power play goals also led the team. The Calgary, AB native was named to the ECAC Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team as well as the recipient of Dartmouth’s Booma Award as the team’s top rookie.
In April 2007, Galiardi left Dartmouth College for academic reasons.
2007-08: Galiardi finished second among WHL rookies in scoring, racking up 70 points in 72 games for WHL Calgary. He led the team in assists and ranked fourth in points. His 52 assists also led all WHL rookies and the winger posted a +31 rating for the season, which was second best on the club. The Calgary native went on to lead the WHL in playoff scoring, racking up 24 points in 16 postseason games.
2008-09: In his first season of professional hockey, the forward spent the majority of his season with Lake Erie (AHL), where he netted 10 goals and 27 points through 66 games. He also got his first look at the NHL, scoring three goals and four points in 11 games with Colorado.
Talent AnalysisGaliardi is an instinctive playmaker with tremendous scoring capability. He is very smart, patient and creative with the puck. Those features along with his great on-ice vision help make him an efficient puck distributor who can easily find open teammates as well. One characteristic that makes Galiardi such an outstanding player is his ability to blend those brilliant puck skills with the mental side of the game. He can be deceptive and what the opposition is reading isn't always what he is thinking. While Galiardi is a strong competitor and has the puck skills needed to be successful, being more aggressive more often in his puck pursuits would not only make him more difficult to play against but also make him a much more valuable asset to his team. Galiardi is also a superb skater, combining power and speed with immense fluidity in his long strides. As he continues to develop his size and strength, the power and quickness in those strides will become more pronounced.
Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet's comments on Galiardi: "T.J. broke into the college ranks and developed very quickly. T.J. has got an offensive flare. The offensive side of the game appears to come very naturally to him as far as the understanding and hockey intellect side of it. When his body (development) catches up, T.J. is going to be even more dominant and really something special."