Gilroy has played for the New York Rangers the past two seasons. The defenseman had 4 goals and 15 points in his rookie campaign and 3 goals and 11 points in 58 games last season.
Gilroy signed with the Rangers as undrafted free agent after a decorated career at Boston University. He was a sought-after property after winning the Hobey Baker Award and a national championship in his senior season with the Terriers in 2008-09.
He will turn 27 years old later this month. Gilroy also represented the United States in the 2010 world championships, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist in six games. He had 1 goal in five playoff games for the Rangers this past season.
It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday