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20 Questions with Tom Galvin

Jan. 29, 2004

1. Fullname: Thomas Raymond Galvin

2.Hometown: Miller Place, New York

3.Birthdate: November 2, 1979

4. Major: Management

5. Favorite Class: Medical Ethics

Hardest Class: Entrepreneurship

Biggest reason that you chose to come to Notre Dame:

I came to Notre Dame for three reasons. First, it is a great school with a great academic reputation. Secondly, Notre Dame has a good hockey program with excellent coaches. Good players have come through here and the CCHA is one of the best and toughest leagues in the country. Finally, I have always been a Notre Dame fan and where I am from everyone is a fan of Notre Dame. It is a big deal to come to here.

8.How do you prepare for games both mentally and physically?

I always take a nap before the game and I drink a bunch of protein shakes throughout the day. Just before the game I try to stay very positive and relaxed. I try not to be too hyper, and I try to relax by telling jokes and talking with the guys.

9. What is your greatest personal athletic moment?

I scored the game winner in triple overtime when I was ten years old in a deck hockey national championship tournament.

10. What has been your most memorable moment from your career here at Notre Dame?

Beating Boston College earlier this year was amazing. It was just an all-around great day. Boston College was ranked number one at the time and not many people gave us a chance but we pulled it out. We spoke with Ray Bourque earlier in the day. Also, we saw Bobby Orr walking around. It was just a great day over all.

11.If you could choose a cartoon character to describe yourself who would it be and why?

Optimus Prime from the Transformers. He is similar to me because everyone listens to me! I also loved the Transformers as a kid.

12.What will you miss most about being at Notre Dame when you graduate?

I will miss my teammates the most. They are definitely my favorite part about being at Notre Dame. Just being around all of the guys, hanging out and joking around is great. You go through so many ups and downs throughout the season with them and you know they are there for you. I guess I will also miss dominating my teammates in video games too!

13. What game are you most looking forward to in the upcoming schedule?

I can’t point towards one particular game because every game is important in the CCHA. The CCHA is so tight right now that you cannot look past anyone. I am always looking forward to the next game and this week that happens to be Alaska-Fairbanks.

14. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My father told me to “have fun.” To me, it means to not take life too seriously and especially in hockey to remember that it is just a game. I should always stay positive and enjoy myself because that is when I will get the most out of my ability.

15.What is the one thing in your life that you could not live without?

Food! I could not live without food, especially protein-enriched food. I love food and I can eat a lot!

16. When I was younger…

I was nice, but I got into a lot of trouble that I never got caught for. I guess you could say I was very elusive in my harassment of the ice cream man!

17.What are your plans for life after Notre Dame?

I would like to keep playing hockey if the opportunity presents itself. When I am finished playing, I would like to go into a job where I can help people. I haven’t narrowed it down yet, but I am just looking to help people. My mom is a nurse and my dad is a firefighter and I am just looking to help people somehow.

18. What is your favorite thing about playing for Notre Dame hockey?

For the most part, I enjoy playing with my teammates. There is also a name recognition that comes with playing at Notre Dame. When you tell someone that you go to Notre Dame, they are impressed and attentive. This is especially true at home, where there are a lot of Irish-Americans who feel a connection with the Fighting Irish and Notre Dame.

19. Who is your role model?

My parents. They give up so much for me and they are very dedicated to their children and their jobs. Their jobs are so selfless and they are always wiling to help people.

20. If you were on an island and you could only have one meal, only listen to one song and spend your time with only one person for the rest of your life what and who would you pick?

For my meal it would be meatloaf. I love it and anyone can make it. My song would be “Protect Your Neck,” by the Wu Tang Clan, it is just a funny song and I am pretty hardcore! I would spend my time with my girlfriend, she could fulfill a multitude of needs on an island and is a good shoulder to cry on.

Bonus. Describe your season so far and the success that Notre Dame has had on the ice. What are your personal and team goals for the remainder of the season?”

Things have gone well for us so far, but not great and we are not yet where we want to be. As our record indicates we have played very well out of the CCHA but not so great in the conference. For the rest of the season we are looking to pick it up a little bit more to end up over .500 in the conference and hopefully grab one of the top three spots in the conference. Personally I would like to get stronger as the season goes on, and as a team, we need to improve our power play to become a stronger team.