Matthew Gilliland ‘20 Recruiting Profile

  • Pinkerton Academy
  • Derry, NH
  • Men's Ice Hockey
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Matthew Gilliland's Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile
NH Avalanche
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Personal Statement

My name is Matt Gilliland.   I am part of the 2020 graduating class for Pinkerton Academy.  I have finished my freshman year with a 91 GPA and acquired honors all four quarters.  I am considering a possible career in Engineering.  During my sophomore year, I will be taking some courses at Pinkerton in that field.

I have been playing hockey since I was eight years old.  As a Mite, Squirt & Peewee, I played for the New Hampshire Saints Organization and skated out as a defenseman.  However, I played goalie whenever I had the opportunity.  I started playing full time goalie when I was eleven and never looked back.  I love playing goalie and was fortunate to play in net for many organizations including the Northern Cyclones, Top Gun, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, and the New Hampshire Avalanche.  When I was playing goalie with the Cyclones, our team won the AA title and I was named the playoff MVP.  Although I was excited to win, I felt like I should be playing goalie at a higher level.  The following year, I played AAA with Top Gun while practicing with Elite Avalanche.  The year after that, I played Premier hockey with the NH Jr. Monarchs with dreams of playing High School hockey.  Working hard in the off season with GDS and 3-on-3, I secured a spot on U18 Avalanche which played a big part in being selected as the backup Varsity goalie for Pinkerton Academy my freshman year. After freshman year I played on the U18 Avalanche again and worked hard every game to play in a best of 3 series to go to the National championship in April which we won 2 games to 1 with the tie breaker game being a 46 save shut out. Which in the National Championship I was ranked 4th for save percentage .896 and won 1 out of the 2 games I played in. I am working harder than ever to become the starting goalie at Pinkerton and can’t wait for the season to start to show the coaching staff how much better I have gotten since last season. 

I am constantly looking to learn and develop as a goalie.  I trained my first year as goalie with Ed Walsh and 3 years with Kevin Moore, a former GDS goalie coach who is currently the goalie coach at Princeton University.  For the past several seasons, I have been working with Brian Foster, a former all American goalie for UNH and draft pick for the Florida Panthers.  During the summer, I continue training with other GDS coaches including Mike Buckley, goaltending development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  I train during the summer 2 days a week for 8 weeks while keeping up with weekly off ice training in my basement.

Throughout the year, I like to give back and volunteer my time to help others.  Over the past three years, I’ve been assisting Kevin and Brian train goalies of all ages.  I particularly like working with the younger goalies as it helps me reinforce the fundamentals to become a better goalie.  I feel you don’t really know a subject until you can teach it to someone else.  I am playing hockey year-round and love being on the ice.

In those small breaks, when I’m not playing hockey, I like to stay active by play baseball.  I am a pitcher, catcher and first baseman.  I played for the AAU Hurricanes, AAU Granite Heat, Derry All Stars where I lead the league in home runs, Middle School team all 3 years where I was given the coaches award for highest OBP.  I am currently playing Derry Babe Ruth and U15 Derry AAU.

On a personal note, I live with my mom, dad, and younger sister Allison.  We are a close-knit family and I also spend time with my extended family.  We travel to upstate NY often to visit my cousins who have a lake house on Lake Cayuga.  We go boating, tubing, and jet ski.  I live in an awesome neighborhood where everyone is so supportive of each other.  It is like a second family.  We have huge block parties with waterslides and outdoor games.   I babysit some of the neighborhood boys for extra spending money.

I love the game of hockey and would consider playing college hockey anywhere at any division.  What matters is that I continue playing competitive hockey for as long as I can.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #30
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #30
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #30

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 5 seasons
  • 2019 NH Avalanche (U18 )
  • 2018 NH Jr Monarchs (3-3 Grey team )
  • 2018 NH Avalanche (NH) (U18 red)
  • Notes: Went to the USA hockey national championship
  • 2017 NH Jr. Monarchs (3-ON-3 SPRING LEAGUE)
  • Notes: Midget Team #2 / Lt. Blue Jersey Number #40
  • Season Schedule
  • 2017 New Hampshire Avalanche (U18)
  • Notes: Split Season / Jersey Number #32

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Sean Leighton
  • Private Coach
  • Brian Foster
  • Club Coach
  • Ron Last

Additional Sports

  • Baseball
  • F
  • 6 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Derry Little League AAA Division Champions 2012, Derry Little League Majors Division Champions 2013, West Running Brook Middle School Coaches Award 2014 (highest OBP & batting average), Lead Derry Little League in Home Runs 2014,



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High School:
Pinkerton Academy
(603) 437-5200

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