11/04/2013 1:48 PM
Brandon Gormley was drafted 13th overall in the first round of the 2010 Entry NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes, and has developed into one of the organization's top prospects. Gormley is a talented two-way defenseman who uses his size to his advantage. At 6’2 and 196 pounds, Gormley has the size and strength needed to play defense in the NHL. Gormley’s offensive skill set is developing as well, helping turn him into a more complete player. When Gormley unloads a slap shot from the point, he gets his entire body behind the shot, providing a lethal weapon for the Pirates on the power-play.
Gormley’s year started out in the Phoenix Coyotes training camp, where he said the experience he got there was second to none.
“It was great. You have to take as much as you can away from those experiences, and I thought I played pretty well. Now I have to work on getting better every day and be patient and wait for my opportunity and then take advantage of it when it comes. I thought I proved myself to be honest, as I had a lot to work on over the summer, and I came away very happy with my performance in Phoenix.”
Gormley is off to a solid start this year for the Pirates, tallying 5 assists in his first 7 games with the squad. The 22-year old is looking forward to another year with Portland, and Ray Edwards and his coaching staff.
“They’re great, you can really learn a lot from them, especially on the defensive side with Slaney back there as he’s obviously been in our shoes before and those are the guys you can learn the most from. He’s been great for my game, and those are the people you want to be around and soak in as much information from them as you possibly can.
Pirates fans should definitely keep their eye on #36 this season for Portland.
Get to know Brandon Gormley:
Full Name - Brandon Darren Gormley
Birthdate - February 18, 1992
Pet(s) - Gus, French Bulldog
Favorite Hockey Moment - Winning the Memorial Cup with Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Favorite NHL Player (Past or Present) - Nick Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Favorite non-hockey sport - Golf
Leisure activity when not playing hockey - Playing guitar