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Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta  #12

Buffalo Sabres  Right Wing
NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: January 18, 1979  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 5' 7" BIRTHPLACE: Rochester, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 178 DRAFTED: NJD / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 3rd   (82nd overall)
2015-16: Made his season debut at FLA (10/15) after missing the first three games with a lower-body injury Notched his first point of the season with an assist at PHI (10/27) Tallied an assist vs. PHI (10/30) Recorded his third assist of the season at NYI (11/1) Had an assist vs. VAN (11/7) Scored his first goal of the season at FLA (11/12) Contributed his fifth assist of the season at STL (11/19) Netted his second goal of the season vs. CAR (11/27) moving the Sabres to 6-0-1 when he records a point 2014-15: Games missed due to injury: 13 upper body (12/23-1/18) Recorded his first point as a Sabre with an assist at CAR (10/14) Notched an assist in his 800th career NHL game vs. SJS (11/18) Recorded the 500th point of his career with a goal at PHI (2/19) Scored 16 points (6+10) in his last 14 games of the season, including six two-point efforts in a nine-game span Scored a shorthanded goal at ARI (3/30), his first since 3/17/11 vs. TBL
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.
Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
World Cup of Hockey 2016