“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
"The amazing thing about Coach Berenson is he cares more about you as a person than as a hockey player," Merrill said. "He wants to see you be the best you can be as a hockey player, and realize your goals, whether that's to be a pro or not. "