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Brian Gionta

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Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta
  • Birth date 1/18/1979
  • Birthplace Rochester, NY
  • Residence Clarence, NY
  • Height/Weight 5'6"/ 178 lbs
  • Olympics 2006, 2018

Biography

  • Marital status
  • Married
  • Residence
  • Clarence, NY, USA
  • Famous relatives
  • His younger brother Stephen has played in more than 250 NHL games for the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders, while youngest brother Michael played at John Carroll University. (eliteprospects.com, 01 Dec 2017)
  • Ambitions
  • To win a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (cbc.ca, 21 Nov 2017)
  • Awards and honours
  • During his time playing for Boston College he was named First Team All-American three times from 1999 to 2001, as well as being nominated for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate ice hockey player in each of those years. He was also named Hockey East Player of the Year in 2001, and Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 1998. (eliteprospects.com, 01 Dec 2017)

    He was named in the All-Star Team of the 1999 World Junior Championships in Canada, where his 11 points made him the tournament's top scorer. (eliteprospects.com, 01 Dec 2017)
  • Name of coach
  • Tony Granato [national], USA
  • Preferred position / style / stance / technique
  • Forward
  • Handedness
  • Shoots right
  • Occupation
  • Athlete
  • Languages
  • English
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "You don't stray from what you are, the person you are, the character you are. It evolves from there." (buffalohockeybeat.com, 18 Jul 2017)
  • Other information
  • LEAVING THE NHL
    He was released by the Buffalo Sabres in 2017 at age 38, and rejected offers from a variety of NHL teams for family reasons and a chance to represent his country in Pyeongchang. He spent the second half of 2017 working with Team USA, as well as training with the Sabres' minor league affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He plans to take another look at options in the NHL after the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "Five, six teams had interest and wanted to sign me, but when I sat down and analysed things, it didn't work with where I wanted to be with my family, so I made that tough decision. It was just a family decision. By no means was it easy. I made it with the right intentions. The biggest appeal is the honour of representing your country on the biggest stage. Any time you get that chance, it's special." (buffalohockeybeat.com, 07 Nov 2017; usatoday.com, 19 Oct 2017)

    NHL VETERAN
    He was drafted in the third round, 82nd overall pick, by the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In March 2017 he played his 1000th game in the NHL during his fifteenth season in the league. He spent four of those seasons as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, which made him the second US-born player in the club's history to serve as captain. (buffalohockeybeat.com, 18 Jul 2017)
  • Family
  • Wife Harvest, children Adam, Leah and James.
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