YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Youngstown Phantoms’ defenseman Aiden Gallacher has announced his commitment to play for Michigan State University (Big Ten) following his time in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Phantoms.
The 6’1 180 lbs. right shot defenseman from Rochester Hills, Michigan was selected by the Phantoms in the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft in the 14th round (224th overall) after a successful high school senior year and season in the NAHL for the Bismarck Bobcats. Gallacher had previously played his youth and AAA hockey with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies program out of the Troy, Michigan area.
In his first season with the Phantoms, Gallacher has played 29 regular season games and has a 3-5-8 line with 33 penalty minutes in Youngstown.
“I chose Michigan State because of the culture of the hockey program and the atmosphere on campus” said Gallacher. “I believe the coaching staff is second to none and they do a tremendous job of developing hockey players. From an education standpoint, Michigan State has great programs and array of majors to choose from to study. I’m honored and excited to be a Spartan and eager to start skating at Munn Arena and working towards a national championship with the team in East Lansing.”
“This is a great story and opportunity for Aiden “said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “Aiden is what you would probably call a “late bloomer” and someone that was not as well-known and valued in his age 15, 16, and 17 years but has really exploded the last year or so between his years in the NAHL with Bismarck and now with us in the USHL. He’s been a sponge all season and the extra time, work, and preparation he’s put in this season has really made a difference and given him this chance to play his college hockey with a great program and close to home with his friends and family in the future. Our coaching staff is thrilled and proud to see Aiden earn this college commitment the right way.”
Michigan State plays in the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA Division I college hockey ranks and is located in East Lansing, Michigan.
Former Phantoms’ forward and Captain Tommy Apap currently attends Michigan State.