Mike Malloy grew up in Sewell, NJ and played his youth ball hockey at GTHA. He was part of national championship teams throughout his All-Star career and helped GTHA build a solid foundation for the future ball hockey players coming through the program.
Dan Gregory coached Mike Malloy in 2014 when he was part of the bronze medal winning U18 team in Slovakia. He had this to say, “Mike Malloy is a quiet but confident player. He’s always calm when he has the ball, great playmaker. Very poised in all situations. Accurate shooter. Two-way forward. Leader of any team he’s on, positive attitude on and off the rink. Versatile player as well, can play center or wing.”
Mike answered questions for ASHI after the evaluation camp.
01. Can you talk about the evaluation camp and what you took away from the U20 tryout?
– I thought the camp went well. We worked a lot on the power play and PK’s to see who could play in those crucial situations during the game. I thought it was essential having a separate goalie session; otherwise it would’ve been very difficult evaluating all 8. The guys all got a good amount of work in and everybody came to play making every roster spot competitive, which is exactly what you want to have in this tryout.
02. What is the biggest obstacle the U20 team has to overcome to win gold in 2016?
– The biggest obstacle that we must overcome to bring home the gold will be the ability to capitalize on PP’s and having the discipline to stay out of the box–special teams is a huge part of the game. We are there to win gold; therefore, each individual player must do what is best for the overall good of the team and his teammates. Although there are obstacles, an advantage is the experience those of us have that played over in Slovakia. Having a core group of guys that have experience is key. I don’t think you can undervalue the experience that we gained playing the international game. We went over there and quickly became a family. You become brothers when you’re a part of a team, and the strength of your teammates will help you overcome any obstacle.
03. What was the best advice you were ever given?
– You have to hate to lose more than you love to win.
04. What do all good coaches have in common?
– All good coaches know their players and how and when to best utilize them, and will do whatever it takes to win.
05. Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
– I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
06. What is your biggest accomplishment in ball hockey?
– My biggest accomplishment in ball hockey was being able to win a bronze medal representing my country in the World Junior Championships. Nothing feels better than standing with your brothers hearing your national anthem after winning a medal. We won’t be settling for anything less than gold in 2016.