For one thing, Trashers team president, A.J. Galante
is just 19 years old, younger than all of the club's players and many of its fans.
...A.J. Galante, 19 PresidentDanbury Trashers
"Me and my father (team owner James Galante) have always done things outside the box," said Galante
, who was installed at the helm when the elder Galante purchased a UHL expansion franchise in April 2004.
A senior at nearby New Fairfield High at the time, Galante
sat in at UHL Governors meetings before he
could dance at his
own senior prom."I got to have my picture next to (Adirondack president and former NHL coach) Barry Melrose (in the UHL media guide)," he said.
"How cool is that?"
would rather be known as the UHL's
most successful team prexy than its youngest."It's just one of those things," said, who has started his freshman year at Manhattanville College.
"A lot people get this idea of me, whatever I am.But people who know me think I'm a decent kid.I'm just looking to do something that nobody has done before."Galante
, who sports stud earrings in both lobes, is hoping to break new ground with every step.He
draws inspiration from Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who at the advanced age of 29 wiped away 86 years worth of heartbreak from the New England psyche.
"I look at Theo," Galante
played four years of hockey at New Fairfield, and led the league in penalty minutes (like father like son).
Aggressive, too, are the plans Galante has to try to put every inch of tiny Danbury Ice Arena to good use.Just four years old and still gleaming, the DIA was built primarily for recreational use, not as a professional sports venue.The Galantes embarked on a facility upgrade, which included boosting the seating capacity from 600 to 3000.
"I played all four years of high school, here," Galante