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Terry Joseph Galiardi (born April 22, 1988) is a Canadian-born American former professional ice hockey forward. He most notably played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets.

Early life
Galiardi is the son of Terry and Lori Galiardi. He has two brothers, Rylan and Daniel. His mother is a United States citizen and Galiardi holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship. In international competition, Galiardi plays for the United States. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, in 2006.

Galiardi was drafted in the second round, 55th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Galiardi played junior hockey with the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before he was selected by the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2006.


Galiardi as a member of the Avalanche
Galiardi however opted to play collegiate hockey with Dartmouth College for the 2006–07 season. He finished the season with 31 points in 33 games for the Big Green, second to fellow Avalanche prospect David Jones. Galiardi left collegiate hockey to return to the Western Hockey League for the 2007–08 season. Upon his return the Calgary native had a homecoming of sorts when he was traded by the Winterhawks to the Calgary Hitmen for a 3rd round pick on August 30, 2007. Galiardi had a successful season with the Hitmen, placing second in the WHL among rookies, with 70 points, then leading the entire WHL in playoff scoring.

On May 13, 2008, Galiardi was signed by the Avalanche to a three-year entry level contract. He made his professional debut with the Avalanche's affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL at the start of the 2008–09 season. On March 19, 2009, Galiardi received his first NHL recall. He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche the same day in an 8-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers. Galiardi scored his first NHL goal on March 27, against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks despite the team losing 4-1.

In the 2009–10 season, Galiardi made Colorado's opening night roster and established himself within the team as a versatile forward. After suffering an ankle injury in his first appearance in his birthplace of Calgary against the Calgary Flames, he returned to play in 70 games placing 6th in rookie scoring with 15 goals and 39 points. Leading the Avalanche forwards on the penalty kill he posted a team high 4 short-handed points, the most by any Colorado player since Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic in 2000–01. Due to injury, Galiardi also found a role on the Avalanche top scoring line with Paul Stastny and Chris Stewart and posted a career high four assists in a 5-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 2, 2010. TJ made his playoff debut and in 6 games posted 2 assists as one of the Avalanche's most notable players in the Western Conference Quarterfinals defeat to the San Jose Sharks.

On July 12, 2011, Galiardi re-signed to a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. In the 2011–12 season, Galiardi continued to struggled to recapture his rookie season form and at the trade deadline on February 27, 2012, Galiardi was traded by the Avalanche, along with Daniel Winnik and a seventh-round pick, to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jamie McGinn and prospects Mike Connolly, Michael Sgarbossa. Galiardi struggled to immediately make an impact with the Sharks demoted as a healthy scratch on occasion whilst scoring 1 goal in 14 games.


Galiardi with the Calgary Flames.
As an restricted free agent at season end, Galiardi initially opted to take the Sharks to salary arbitration before agreeing to a one-year extension on July 9, 2012. With the 2012 NHL lockout in affect and in order to keep match fit, Galiardi signed his first European contract with German second division club, SC Bietigheim Steelers on October 3, 2012. Galiardi appeared in 7 games posting 6 points with the Bietigheim before suffering a tweaked knee which forced a return to North America for rehabilitation. Upon recovery he returned to practice with his former WHL junior team, the Calgary Hitmen.

Upon conclusion of the lockout and returned to health, Galiardi struggled initially as an healthy scratch for the Sharks before securing a regular role on the team by the Playoffs, to finish with 14 points in 36 games. During the 2013 Playoffs, Galiardi played on the team's top line alongside Brent Burns and Joe Thornton. On May 26, 2013, Galiardi scored his first career playoff goal, a game-winner against the Los Angeles Kings, as the Sharks went on to win 2-1.

With Galiardi again a Restricted Free Agent, the Sharks decided to shop his rights around the league. On July 2, 2013, he opted to be traded to his hometown team the Calgary Flames for a fourth round draft pick in the 2015 entry draft. The Flames announced immediately that they signed Galiardi to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. In the 2013–14 season, Galiardi failed to make the impact intended with the Flames. In 62 games he produced 4 goals and 13 assists, and was a healthy scratch a dozen times on the rebuilding Flames. He was not tendered a qualifying offer to remain with the Flames and was released to free agency.

On August 1, 2014, Galiardi signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 with the Winnipeg Jets. On October 9, 2014, Galiardi made the Winnipeg Jets opening lineup for the 2014–15 season. Scoreless through 17 games with the Jets, Galiardi was placed on waivers on November 25, but remained with the team.

As an impending free-agent, Galiardi left the Jets and the NHL in signing a one-year contract with Swedish club, Malmö Redhawks of the SHL on June 9, 2015. In February 2016, Galiardi returned home to North America to concentrate on rehabilitating from an unspecified injury he sustained in early January.

After attending training camp on a professional tryout contract with the St. Louis Blues of the NHL, he opted to take his game to Europe again and on November 2016, put pen to paper on a deal with Croatian club, KHL Medveščak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In the 2016–17 season, Galiardi had an instant impact offensively, adding 4 goals and 7 points in 8 games in Zagreb before he was traded for financial compensation to Russian KHL participant, HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, on December 23, 2016. Galiardi played in just 8 further games for the season with Neftekhimik going scoreless.

As a free agent in the off-season, Galiardi opted to continue his tenure in the KHL, agreeing to a one-year deal with Dinamo Riga, on July 27, 2017. He again experienced a brief stint in the KHL to start the 2017–18 season, appearing in 11 games for 6 assists before opting for a release from his contract with Riga on September 25, 2017.

Galiardi effectively announced his retirement from professional hockey after 10 seasons, in becoming a co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer in a sports nutrition company specifically catering to Vegans.

International play
Galiardi, a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, chose to represent Team USA and initially attended USA Hockey's 2007 evaluation camp in Lake Placid, New York but was unable to gain selection to the 2007 World Junior Championships. His first foray into the international competition came when he was added to Team USA for the 2010 World Championships following completion of his 2009–10 rookie NHL season on April 29, 2010. On May 7, 2010, he made his Team USA debut in a 2-1 upset defeat in the World record attended Championship opening game against hosts Germany. Galiardi finished with 3 assists in 6 games as the United States slumped to a 13th-place finish.

Personal
His older brother, Rylan Galiardi (born 1986), a former professional hockey player, played in the American Hockey League. He is a vegan and is active in the sports nutrition industry.


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