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Walnut Creek native, California youth hockey grad Galambos named Atlantic Hockey Best Defenseman


Atlantic Hockey has announced that American International College junior defenseman Zak Galambos has been named Best Defenseman for the 2021-22 season.

had the unenviable task of filling the role of the graduated AHA player of the year Brennan Kapcheck, and he delivered in a huge way to receive best defenseman accolades this season.

Quarterbacking AIC’s power play to a 23.0 percent conversion rate, the Walnut Creek native led AIC at both ends of the rink, blocking 60 shots and notching 18 assists, a team high.

He had an eight-game point streak (two goals, eight assists) from Jan. 15 against Mercyhurst through Feb. 10 against Army West Point. He was at his best against the best opposition as well – he had seven points in nine games played against Canisius, Army, and RIT, the teams that finished with AIC in the top four in the AHA. Five of his assists came on game-winning goals: Jan. 2 against Air Force, Jan. 15 against Mercyhurst, Jan. 22 against Sacred Heart, Jan. 27 against Holy Cross, and Feb. 10 against Army. He also hit the net himself for the winner Nov. 6 against RIT.

During his youth hockey career, Galambos played for the San Jose Jr. Sharks, Vacaville North Stars, Berkeley Bulldogs and Oakland Bears.

Photo/Kelly Shea/AIC

(March 18, 2022)

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