November 27, 1967 |
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Vancouver Canucks
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||108th overall, 1987
Garry Valk (born November 27, 1967) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player. He was selected 108th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Valk went on to have a distinguished NHL career spanning over a decade, debuting with the Vancouver Canucks in the 1990–91 season, scoring ten goals and eleven assists for twenty-one points, while recording sixty-seven penalty minutes. Valk's career year came in 1993–94, when he recorded forty-five points in seventy-eight games for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, after being selected in the NHL's expansion draft.
Arguably his best work came in the late 1990s, when he was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Valk became a player coach Pat Quinn depended on, fighting off opponents in crucial situations while always posing an offensive threat.
Career highlights for Valk include the 1998–1999 playoffs, when he scored a key overtime goal to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the NHL playoffs. As well, the spring of 1999 saw Valk elected President of Northern Secondary School in Toronto, a feat never accomplished by an individual not enrolled at the school.
After a brief stint in 2003 with the Chicago Blackhawks, Valk retired to pursue an interest in broadcasting, and to spend time with his wife, son, daughter and Boston terrier named Lola Belle. Today, Garry coaches his son's junior hockey team in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and was featured in a Canadian Business Magazine article on athletes who have gone on to be successful after their careers. He is also a Vancouver Canucks analyst on the sports news show Sportsnet Connected.
In 2010, developers of a downtown Toronto condominium project enlisted the public's assistance in picking a name for the structure. Among the names submitted in the Internet poll, "Garry Valk Plaza" proved to be amongst the most popular entries.
- Parmar, Parmjit. "Name Our Condo Contest Just Keeps Heating Up: Over 2000 Names Submitted Globally". Retrieved September 16, 2013.
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