NATIVE AND FORMER RANGER WHO HOPES TO HONOR OUR COUNTRY AND HIS FAMILY. CBS 2’S ANDREA GRYMES REPORTS. HOW SHOULD I DO THIS? DON’T FALL. [ LAUGHTER ] Reporter: GETTING HOCKEY TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL CAN BE INTIMIDATING. BUT TO LEARN ABOUT MAC GILROY’S JOURNEY TO THE OLYMPICS — SCORES! Reporter: — AND THE ROADS HE TOOK ALONG THE WAY, WE HAD TO COME BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. THIS IS WHERE HOCKEY STARTED. Reporter: I PLAYED WITH HIS BROTHER AT A PARK IN HICKSVILLE NOT FAR FROM THE FAMILY HOME IN NORTH BELLMORE. HIS LITTLE BROTHER TIMMY WORE NUMBER 97. HE WAS A GUY WHO, UM, YOU KNOW, HE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND, THOUGH, HE WASN’T THE MOST TALENTED, HE ALWAYS PLAYED UP WITH US. Reporter: BUT HIS PLAYING STOPPED ONE SUMMER DAY WHEN TIMMY WAS 8. HE DIED IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT. HIS HEARTBROKEN OLDER BROTHER IMMEDIATELY VOWED TO WEAR NUMBER 97 WHEREVER HE PLAYED. I STILL REMEMBER I WAS SITTING IN MY BED CRYING AND TELLING MY MOM, DON’T WORRY, I’M GOING TO TAKE THE NUMBER AS FAR AS TIMMY WOULD HAVE TAKEN IT. HE WAS CUT FROM JUNIOR TEAMS AND MIDGET TEAMS. Reporter: BUT HE KEPT AT IT WEARING NUMBER 97 SINCE INCLUDING AS A WALK-ON AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE WENT ON TO WIN THE BAKER A WARD AS COLLEGE HOCKEY’S BEST PLAYER. GOAL BY MATT GILROY! Reporter: HE WORE 97 ON THE RANGERS, AND THROUGHOUT HIS FIVE YEARS IN THE NHL. AFTERWARDS, HEADED OVERSEAS TAKING 97 TO THE CONTINENTAL HOCKEY LEAGUE BECOMING A TWO- TIME ALL STAR. HIS SUCCESS THERE PUT HIM IN PRIME POSITION FOR THE 2018 OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA. THE KID WHO ONCE RECEIVED A TEAM USA JERSEY FOR CHRISTMAS GOT THE CALL THIS PAST DECEMBER THAT HE MADE THE TEAM. I WAS EXCITED, NERVOUS, SCARED, HAPPY. JUST EVERYTHING KIND OF HIT ME. Reporter: FOR HIS PARENTS, AN ENORMOUS SENSE OF PRIDE, ESPECIALLY WHEN FRANK GILROY THINKS OF HIS OWN FATHER, A MARINE WHO FOUGHT IN KOREA. HE CAME HOME A PARAPLEGIC AND HIS GRANDSON IS NOW GOING BACK AS AN OLYMPIAN, WHICH IS NEAT. Reporter: NOT TO MENTION HIS VOW TO HONOR HIS BROTHER CONTINUING. THAT’S A BIG PROMISE FOR A 9-YEAR-OLD AND NOW 23 YEARS LATER, THEY LET HIM WEAR 97 AT THE OLYMPICS. THAT’S COOL. JUST TO WEAR A USA JERSEY AND REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY IS SPECIAL. BUT FIRST THING I WOULD DO IN THE LOCKER ROOM IS ALWAYS LOOK AT THE NUMBER ON THE BACK OF MY JERSEY AND TO SEE THAT NOW ON THE USA JERSEY AND THE OLYMPICS GAMES WILL BE DEFINITELY SPECIAL FOR ME BUT I THINK EVEN MORE SO FOR MY FAMILY. Reporter: NO DOUBT, SPECIAL FOR HIS BROTHER LOOKING DOWN WHO TRIED HIS BEST, NEVER GAVE UP, ALWAYS HAD FUN, AND WHO HAS BEEN WITH GILROY THE ENTIRE WAY. ON LONG ISLAND, ANDREA GRYMES, CBS 2 NEWS. GILROY’S WIFE, HIS PARENTS

LI Hockey Player Heads To Winter Games
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  • February 9, 2018 at 6:00 am
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    Pretty cool.

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