|Stephen Michael Gionta
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 10.9.83 Rochester, New York
|How he arrived: Signed as an undrafted free agent to an amateur tryout, 3.06
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL), 10.12.16
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
When Stephen noticed the number on the back of his helmet the day he first joined the Devils, he thought it was funny.
He wasn't the only one, either, that got a kick out of him being given Brian's old #14. (Stephen eventually settled into
Stephen is not as much of an offensive threat as Brian was, but the similarities actually begin with that spark plug feel
about his game: lunch pail kids with a lot of speed.
Stephen had been in the Devils' system since after finishing his collegiate career at BC, joining the River Rats for a few
games on a pro tryout. When the affiliation was moved to Lowell, he moved, too. He ultimately became one of their
leaders. Ultimately, he would be named captain, a title he would keep when the AHL affiliate was moved back to
He got the callup when the usual early season injury pileup occured, and he was the best player in a 3-0 loss to the
Rangers, earning a longer stay with the big club.
He ultimately earned a regular spot playing his way onto the postseason roster in 2012, and, being teamed with Steve
Bernier and Ryan Carter, things took off for him during that Cup run.
What I didn't understand, though, was why Peter DeBoer kept insisting on using him on faceoffs. He's not a center.
That's why he sucks at draws. (There, I said it, and I don't rip on coaches' decisions all that often.)
He would finally be let go after his contract ran out. He did sign a PTO with the Islanders before the 2016 training
camp opened, and ultimately signed a minor league contract. It would become a two-way in December.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise