Brian Joseph Gionta
Right Wing
Right-Handed Shot
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 175 pounds
Born: 1.18.79 Rochester, New York
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens, 7.1.09
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2001-02
NJ
33
4
7
11
10
8
58
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2002-03
NJ
58
12
13
25
5
23
129
2
1
3
0
0
0
3
2003-04
NJ
75
21
8
29
19
36
174
0
3
3
0
0
0
8
2005-06
NJ
82
48
41
89
18
46
291
24
10
34
1
0
1
10
2006-07
NJ
62
25
20
45
-3
36
194
11
7
18
0
0
0
4
2007-08
NJ
82
22
31
53
1
46
257
8
13
21
1
0
1
4
2008-09
NJ
81
20
40
60
12
32
248
3
8
11
3
1
4
1
Franchise
Career Totals
 
473
152
160
312
62
227
1351
48
42
90
5
1
6
30
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
They don't call Gionta "The Rochester Rocket" just as a marketing ploy. I mean, he WAS the smallest guy in the league
(the arrival of Nathan Gerbe in 2008 pushed him to #2), and small = fast.

At the same time, though, he isn't afraid to take his bumps down low. That's largely how he scored all those goals in 05-
06, especially on the man advantage.

I should also mention him one time owning Zdeno Chara, the BIGGEST guy in the league. (snickers)

What I couldn't understand is... he has had decent offensive outputs since he set the team record for goals, yet some fans
say he isn't doing anything for the team goalwise.

(shakes head)

C'mon, people! Are we as fans really that spoiled to expect him to get 48 goals EVERY year? I know I'm not.

With the Habs, he was one of the players looked at for leadership his first season there, when they didn't have a captain
named. He was considered their "unofficial" captain, actually. For the start of the 10-11 season, they made it official,
making him the second American behind Chris Chelios to be named captain of the team.

He would sign with the Sabres in 2014, and was almost immediately named their captain.
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2001-02
NJ
6
2
2
4
-1
0
16
0
2
2
1
0
1
2
2002-03
NJ
24
1
8
9
5
6
59
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2003-04
NJ
5
2
3
5
-2
0
9
1
2
3
0
0
0
0
2005-06
NJ
9
3
4
7
-1
2
29
1
3
4
1
0
1
2
2006-07
NJ
11
8
1
9
5
4
37
3
1
4
0
0
0
1
2007-08
NJ
5
1
0
1
-2
2
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2008-09
NJ
7
2
3
5
0
4
23
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
67
19
21
40
4
18
187
5
9
14
2
0
2
5
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
Entry Draft: 1998 Third Round Pick (82nd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils