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Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair
Gerard Gallant Hockey Hero
My project is a biography on Gerard Gallant, a hockey player and now coach. He has played and coached in both the NHL and QMJHL.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned is that he started his hockey career in Summerside PEI and came full circle back to start his coaching career there when his professional playing career ended due to an injury.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned that Gerard worked hard to get where he is today. He started off playing hockey in a small town in PEI and made it all the way to play in the NHL and is now an assistant coach in the NHL. He also is a big supporter of the community he came from and also works hard with various charities.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I would say that today it is harder to move up in hockey than it might have been back then. I think there is more competition to make it big and I think the rules are different for selecting a player.