Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Gionta
Brian Gionta was born January 18, 1979 in Rochester, N.Y. The 3rd round choice, 82nd overall selection of the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Gionta is a graduate of the Boston College Screaming Eagles.

The diminutive forward from Rochester, N.Y. spent two seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Niagra Scenics capturing Metro Junior Player of the Year honours in 1996 before joining Boston College in 1997-98.

In his four seasons at BC, Gionta finished with 232 points (123 goals, 109 assists) in 164 games and was the recipient of numerous individual honours.

As a freshman with the Screaming Eagles, Gionta captured Hockey East Rookie of the Year honours, was a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and NCAA East Second Team All-American after finishing his spectacular rookie campaign as the nation's top-scoring freshman with 62 points (30 goals, 32 assists). In his sophomore season Gionta was an NCAA East First Team All-American, Hockey East First Team All-Star, and was one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

Coming off back to back seasons of 60-plus points, Gionta entered his junior year at BC and continued where he had left off finishing second in the nation in goals with 33 and earning Hockey East First Team All-Star honours and NCAA East First Team All-American honours and was a finalist once again for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award.

In his senior year with the Screaming Eagles, Gionta recorded his third 30-plus goal season and for the third consecutive year was Hockey East First Team All-Star, NCAA East First Team All-American and was the Hockey East Player of the Year.

On the international stage, Gionta is a two-time member of the US World Junior Team (1998-1999) and a three-time member of the US World Championship Team (2000-2001, 2005), and has represented the US at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The recipient of the Bob Johnson Award in 1999 in recognition of excellence in international ice hockey competition during a specific season.

Gionta made his professional hockey debut in 2001-02, splitting his season with the Devils and their AHL affiliate in Albany. Despite a lack of size, Gionta became a regular with the New Jersey Devils in 2002-03 and played a key role in the team's successful quest of the Stanley Cup, contributing 9 playoff points.

The 2005-06 season saw Gionta catch lightning in a bottle. He recorded a career high 48 goals, a Devils record and added four more goals for the United States olympic team in Turin.

The next three seasons were not as prolific for Gionta, he recorded seasons of 25, 22 and 20 goals respectively and in the summer of 2009, found himself an unrestricted free agent. When the Devils made it clear he was not in their future plans, Gionta signed on with the storied Montreal Canadiens.

After just one full season with Montreal, Gionta was named the team's captain, becoming the 28th captain in franchise history and just the second American-born player to earn the honour.

Gionta played five seasons in Montreal before he left as an unrestricted free agent once again. This time it was the Buffalo Sabres who signed him to a three year contract on July 1, 2014.

Prior to the start of the Sabres 2014-15 campaign, Gionta was named the team's 27th captain in team history.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Rochester Jr. Americans EmJHL 28 52 37 89
1995-96 Niagara Scenic ON-Jr.A 51 47 44 91 59
1996-97 Niagara Scenic ON-Jr.A 50 57 70 127 101 6 6 11 17 21
1997-98 Boston College Eagles H-East 40 30 32 62 44
1998-99 Boston College Eagles H-East 39 27 33 60 46
1998-99 United States WJC-A 6 6 5 11 6
1999-00 Boston College Eagles H-East 42 33 23 56 66
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 2 1 3 2 0
2000-01 Boston College Eagles H-East 43 33 21 54 47
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 2 0 2 6 -1
2001-02 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 4 7 11 8 +10 6 2 2 4 0
2001-02 Albany River Rats AHL 37 9 16 25 18 0
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 58 12 13 25 23 +5 24 1 8 9 6
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 21 8 29 36 +19 5 2 3 5 0
2004-05 Albany River Rats AHL 15 5 7 12 10 0
2004-05 United States WC-A 7 2 1 3 6 +1
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 48 41 89 46 +18 9 3 4 7 2
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 4 0 4 2 -1
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 25 20 45 36 -3 11 8 1 9 4
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 22 31 53 46 +1 5 1 0 1 2
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 20 40 60 32 +12 7 2 3 5 4
2009-10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 28 18 46 26 +3 19 9 6 15 14
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 29 17 46 24 +3 7 3 2 5 0
2011-12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 31 8 7 15 16 -7
2012-13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 14 12 26 8 +3 2 0 1 1 0
2013-14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 18 22 40 22 +1 17 1 6 7 2
2014-15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 13 22 35 18 -13
2015-16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 12 21 33 12 -5
2016-17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 15 20 35 22 -11
NHL Totals 1006 289 299 588 375 112 32 36 68 34


MTJHL Player of the Year (1997)
Hockey East Rookie of the Year (1998)
Hockey East Second All-Star Team (1998)
NCAA East Second All-American Team (1998) WJC-A All-Star Team (1999)
Hockey East First All-Star Team (1999, 2000, 2001)
NCAA East First All-American Team (1999, 2000, 2001)
Hockey East Player of the Year (2001)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2009. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to arm injury vs. St. Louis, January 10, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 1, 2014.
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