With a tear in my eye I write this Hall of Fame profile.
Farmingdale NY, 1999: Gil Walsh and I are playing on Triumph (in my mens league!). Our goalie is late and we start the game with no goalie. We see him arrive and he’s ready to play, so I tell my team to hand pass it so we get a whistle. My idiot teammates don’t listen and I’m agitated. Finally Walsh gets the ball and I tell him to hand pass it to me. Walsh hand passes it into our net. Gil screams. Not at Walsh. “RICHIE!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?”
Yet I still love this man.
Before this becomes tl;dr read this.
True things you didn’t know about Gil:
- He’s 56 years old.
- He was born in Cuba.
- He grew up salsa dancing and is excellent at it.
- His daughter is a five time World Champion for Irish Dancing. She is considered the decorated American in the history of Irish Dancing.
Now onto the hockey.
If I had to pick the most amazing achievement in BTSH history, it would be Gil’s 2015 season, where 8 games in the only two players to score for the Elves were Gil and Gil’s son. Gil ended up winning the scoring title as a 53-year-old man with horrible hockey players.
Of course Gil’s biggest goal wasn’t during regulation or overtime, it was in 2010 when this goal, (and 3 Shaun d. saves) brought the Elves to their only final appearance.
Gil’s likes include: Gil, Gil’s Son, Gil’s Son’s Dad.
Gil’s dislikes include, Zack T. from the Demons (Yes you do), Emails from Chadwick, admitting some of my game strategies actually work, and the defensive zone.
While I’ve hit people for hitting Gil, he’s not perfect. I feel your pain Gabe.