UAA’s Galbraith Leaves School

Jade Galbraith, a freshman wing for Alaska-Anchorage, has left school for the Western Hockey League after just four games, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Galbraith has joined the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, part of Canada’s Major Junior system.

Galbraith, 18, scored 35 goals and 101 points in 62 games for Drayton Valley in the Alberta Junior Hockey League last season. He had played three of the Seawolves’ four games this season, scoring zero points.

“We thought if he liked school, liked Alaska and liked the college game, he might stay,” said UAA coach Dean Talafous to the ADN. “I guess he decided differently.”

According to the ADN article, Galbraith is the 27th player in Talafous’ four-plus seasons at the school to leave the UAA program before finishing their eligibility.

“I think every year, you realize one or two kids — through lack of playing time, missing home, not liking Alaska, for whatever reason — might leave,” Talafous said in the article. “These things happen. You get an empty feeling because you want things to work out.

“But it’s not new. It happens.”

The departure leaves the team with just 13 forwards.


    • yea it really boost it when you lose to the last place team in the national crappy hockey conference time face facts UND is just not that good this year no shame in that

      • Wrong! UND is pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. All part of Brad Berry’s master plan. You’ll never see it coming. In line for 9.

      • You are right. UND has a decent team, but not a team that will go very far this year. Boeser looks like a different player….but he has nobody to help him either. Our defense is average….at best. GT’ing also average….at best. Oh well, not the end of the world.

        • Don’t be so hard on your team. They are still firmly entrenched in 9th in PWR, even with current slump. When you dominate a game but don’t score, give goaltender a lot of credit. With rest of games intra-league, will only take some splits to remain eligible and get “home” Regional. Still a ton of hockey left.

          • I watched DU’s Friday game and was very impressed. DU can be dominant, really dominant, when clicking on all cylinders. I don’t know if DU has the exact equivalent of the CBS line, but they have the best player in all of CH in Borgstrom. I know you think he might stay another year, but I don’t see it. He is so dominant on the ice, he really has it all. Size, speed, sniper shot, reach, great hands, great passer, and smart on the ice (which is often underappreciated). He is fun to watch, Starman has him rated as a Hobey finalist…as do I.

          • You are right, I think he will stay another year. I also believe he should be Hobey finalist. He loves it at DU, and Florida is still saying another year at DU could only help. So far, they think there is a bigger upside of him staying but you are right that could change. Saturday nights game was even better, scoring from every line but Borgstrom’s. Todd McLellan watched his son, at Magness, both nights, so glad he got a goal and two assists. Tyson is a classy kid, you can see his family gave him solid anchor growing up.


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