Gallacher Joins UMass Hockey Program
Aug 26, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Ben Gallacher, a 5-11, 185-pound defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, has joined the UMass hockey program, head coach John Micheletto announced on Monday. Gallacher, a 2010 draft pick of the Florida Panthers, spent 2011-12 at Ohio State and will be a sophomore in 2013-14, eligible to play immediately for the Minutemen.
"Ben can add an offensive element to our back end, particularly in his ability to defend, take pucks away and get us moving north in transition and then jumping and joining into the play," said Micheletto. "He's also been a significant contributor in special teams situations everywhere he's been along the way. He's a proven winner as shown in his time in Camrose prior to going to college, as well as being a silver medal winner in the World Junior A Championships for Team West. We look forward to Ben who is an exciting player and is certainly going to add to the offensive production we establish off of our back end."
Gallacher saw action in 42 games with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL in 2012-13 and contributed 19 points on four goals and 15 assists with a +2 rating. Two of his four tallies came on the power play, while two were game winners, as well.
While at Ohio State, Gallacher led all CCHA freshmen defensemen in scoring with 12 points (1g, 11a) over 24 games. He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (No. 93 overall) during his three-year stint (2008-11) with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).
Gallacher saw action in 114 career games and amassed 59 points on 12 goals and 47 assists in his time with the Kodiaks. In 2011-10, he helped Camrose reach the Enerflex Cup League finals after posting 27 points (5g, 22a) during the regular season and contributed eight points (3g, 5a) over 18 games during the squad's playoff run.
In 2009-10 with Camrose, Gallacher appeared in 34 games and totaled 22 points (3g, 19a) en route to AJHL South Division All-Star honors. During his first season with the Kodiaks he had four goals and six assists over 43 contests.
Gallacher played for Canada West in the 2010 World Junior A Championship and registered a goal and an assist in five games. He won a silver medal at the World Junior A Challenge in 2009.