Hockey Career of Brian Gionta
Brian Joseph Gionta is now 31 years old and birthday on 18th January. As the professional hockey player and the captain of Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens used to have two American-born captains, Brian Joseph is one of them (the first being Chris Chelios). Gio is his nickname named by teammates, most amazing thing is that he is only one inch higher than the shortest NHL player, actually be the second shortest NHL player. He is known as an indomitable player.
Gionta was first picked by New Jersey Devils in 1998 NHL Entry Draft. When he joined senior middle school at the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, NY, as diminutive. And then skate for Boston College from 1997 to 2001. In the 2000-2001 season, he help the team win a National Championship as Eagles captain. At that time, Marty Reasoner named his first nickname as "Rochester". He enjoyed his best statistical at that time with Reasoner as a teammate, posting 30 goals and 62 points in 40 games as the Eagles fell against the University of Michigan in Boston.
As a sophomore of BC, He got 60 points that year, but eliminated by Hockey Ease rival, the University of Maine in the Frozen Four semifinals.
He got 54 points in the senior season as a captain, and help BC defeated North Dakota to win the National Championship. When playing against University of Maine, he scored 5 goals.
His brother Stephen also played for Boston College and helped the BC as the top college hockey team in the nation.
He joined 310 games in New Jersey, with 50 playoff games. Also be a member of the 2002-03 Stanley Cup championship teamIn 2004-2005 lockout, he played for the affiliate of AHL. At the same time, Brian is also one member of the 2006 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey team.
As a 5'7" player, Brian Gionta is one of the shortest players currently playing in the NHL, From 2003 to now, he plays excellent and enjoyed himself from hockey) He is also one of the Devils most effective offensive players, though his short height.
Gionta at last signed a 5-year contract for $25 Million with the Montreal Canadiens On July 1, 2009. This has reunited him with former Devils' teammate Scott Gomez.
In summary, Plays with loads of feistiness and energy and shows excellent offensive and two-way ability. Has excellent speed and acceleration. Possesses perfect skills and instincts around an opposing net, almost take a pounding in front.