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Garry Valk (born November 27, 1967) is a Canadian broadcaster and former professional ice hockey player. He was selected 108th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Valk had a ten-year NHL career, 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.

Garry Valk
Born (1967-11-27) November 27, 1967 (age 51)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 108th overall, 1987
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1990–2003

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 that Pat Quinn depended on, fighting off opponents in crucial situations while also being 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.

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.[1]

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  1. ^ Parmar, Parmjit. "Name Our Condo Contest Just Keeps Heating Up: Over 2000 Names Submitted Globally". Retrieved September 16, 2013.

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