DAVID Van der Gulik
David is a retired NHL Forward, drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. David played for ten years professionally, including six seasons in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.
David’s amateur career started in Abbotsford Minor Hockey, where he grew up. He then played junior hockey with the Abbotsford Pilots and Chilliwack Chiefs before accepting a scholarship to play at Boston University. After playing four seasons with Boston University in the NCAA, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
His Career accomplishments include winning a Hockey East Championship with Boston University as Captain in his senior year. That year he was awarded “Male Athlete of the Year” for Boston University, Hockey East Tournament MVP and team MVP. He was also selected to be on Boston University’s “All-Decade Team.”
Professionally, David was a three-time recipient of the AHL specialty/Man of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations. In addition, he was recognized as the “Most Exciting Player” with the Abbotsford Heat in 2009-10, and in 2016 he won a Calder Cup Championship with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL.
Finally, after retiring from Hockey, David proudly was inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
David started Intangibles Hockey to pass on the details of the game that he learned throughout his 27 year hockey career – the details that separated him from others and enabled him to reach his dream and play in the NHL.