Gionta, Brian Navigate to the next page. Brian Joseph Gionta (born January 18, 1979) is a retired professional ice hockey player from the United States who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He last played for the New York Rangers.
He first put on a Rangers jersey on March 31, 2007, against the Montreal Canadiens and notched his first goal as a Ranger later that night during an 8-4 victory at Madison Square Garden. In total, Gionta played 657 games over 16 seasons with the Rangers, earning a spot on the All-Star Game twice. He also won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the team he's been with since they relocated from New York City to Arlington, Texas. The Cup win made him only the second player from Connecticut to win the trophy (Joe DiPento), and the first since Mike Richter in 1994.
In 44 playoff games, Gionta scored 21 goals and added 30 assists for 51 points. He also won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics with the United States national ice dancing team.
After playing four seasons at Yale University, Gionta was drafted sixth overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He spent seven seasons with the Devils before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 2004.
Gionta was chosen Sabres captain on October 7, 2014. Gionta played in his 1,000th NHL game against the Florida Panthers on March 27, 2017 in Buffalo. Gionta signed a one-year, $700,000 contract extension with the Boston Bruins on February 25, 2018. The Sabres declined to re-sign Gionta after he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
He was named captain on October 7, 2014. The decision was made by then-general manager Tim Murray and was announced at a press conference. Gionta had 100 points (44 goals, 56 assists) in 436 games over eight seasons with the Sabres. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2013-14.
Gionta was born on January 4, 1984 in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts and played junior hockey for the St. John's Maple Leafs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before being selected first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2003 NHL Draft. Gionta has nine children with his wife, Jessica.
He is a devout Christian and has been known to give tickets to family members' religious services.
Gionta's brother, Matt, also plays in the NHL. They are both left wingers who share the same agent, Paul Krepelka.
Gionta participated in the 1993 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a Rochester, New York minor ice hockey club. The word "pretty" can be used to describe a guy, however it refers to a specific form of manly attractiveness. The odds of you hearing a guy praise another man as "beautiful" are almost nil, and I wouldn't advocate using it on a man's face: he'd definitely dislike it. Orlando Bloom is the Pretty Man. He is also an actor/model.
In addition to playing pee wee hockey, Gionta also dabbled in baseball and basketball. His favorite movie is Top Gun and his favorite singer is Madonna. He currently lives in Toronto with his family.
Gionta was born on January 4th, 1975 in Rochester, New York. His father was a construction worker and his mother was a dental assistant. They had eight other children before they had Gionta. When he wasn't playing hockey or baseball, Gionta attended the Thomas A. Edison Academy in Troy, New York where he studied business administration. He began his career with the Montreal Canadiens organization in 1997 after being selected in the third round (78th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. In 2001, Gionta was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Patrick Flatley and later that year he helped lead the team to its first Stanley Cup victory in 39 years. After four more seasons with the Rangers, during which time they won two more championships, Gionta signed with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent in 2007.
Gionta scored the 20,000th goal in Montreal Canadiens history on March 5, 2013, against the New York Islanders, and he appeared in his 100th Stanley Cup Playoff game on May 1, 2014, against the Boston Bruins.
Brian Gionta currently lives in the Rochester, New York region with his parents. 1: In 2009, Michael Cammalleri scored the 20,000th goal in Canadiens team history. Cammalleri's career spans the Canadiens' stint in the National Hockey League. "Pee-Wee players who have gone on to play in the NHL or WHA" (PDF).
Giordano grew up in North York and attended Chaminade College School. He represented Richmond Hill in the 1997 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. Giordano played minor ice hockey for the Don Mills Flyers.
After his first two seasons with the Florida Panthers, Giordano was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for his outstanding dedication to health and fitness. The award is given by the National Hockey League to "a player who has demonstrated great skills on and off the ice during a long career."
Giordano was born on January 4th, 1979. He is a left wing/center. The Panthers selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He earned $875,000 as a rookie and $1 million each year from 2001-02 to 2002-03.
Giordano's father, Frank, was an amateur boxer who competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics. His mother, Angela, was a figure skater who won three gold medals at the Italian national championships. She also finished fourth at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.
The Giordanos moved to Canada when Frank became coach of the Toronto Marlboros of the OHL.