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Brian Gionta
Brian Gionta
Right Wing
Number: 14
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 178
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 18, 1979  (Age 37)
Birthplace: Rochester, NY, United States
Drafted: NJD / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (82nd overall)
LAST SEASON: Completed sixth NHL season/sixth year with NJD... Was one of four players in Devils’ lineup (S. Brylin, T. Zajac & D. Zubrus) to appear in all 82 games... Finished third on squad with 22g-31a-53pts overall; surpassed previous season’s 25g-20a-45pt totals... Recorded team season-high (tie, Z. Parise) six-game point-scoring streak November 17-30 (5g-5a-10pts); also had points in five straight games February
9-18 (2g-4a-6pts), including fifth career overtime goal February 13 vs. Ottawa... Tallied points in three straight games twice: March 1-7 (2g-1a-3pts) and January 10-16 (1g-2a-3pts), as well as points in back-to-back games nine times, most recently March 21-22 (1g-1a-2pts)... Totaled eight multiple-point games overall, including two goals November 24 at Tampa Bay…Also had four 1g-1a-2pt games, most recently December
21 at Edmonton, as well as two assists March 15 at Colorado, February 18 vs. Carolina and November 12 at Pittsburgh... Posted his second career shorthanded goal March 22 at Pittsburgh... Recorded his 100th career NHL assist December 5 vs. Boston... Recorded fourth career game-determining goal December 2 vs. Atlanta; is 14-35 in shootouts lifetime... Scored Devils’ first-ever goal at Prudential Center October 27 vs. Ottawa... Notched team’s first goal of season October 4 at Tampa Bay for his 200th NHL point (111g-89a)... Is plus-50 in 392 career regularseason appearances…Added 1g in five playoff contests.

2006-07: Appeared in 62 of 82 games overall, including 57 straight to start 2006-07 campaign…Appeared in career-high 147 straight games through February 14; missed 19 of 21 games February 16-March 30 with groin injury, as well as April 5 match at Philadelphia with bruised foot…Was placed on Long Term Injury list March 15, retroactive to March 6…Finished second (Z. Parise, 31) on Devils with 25 goals; was second (J. Langenbrunner, 12) with 11 power play goals and sixth with 45 points…Recorded season-high six-game point-scoring streak January 2-12 (5g-3a-8pts); stretch included three-game goalscoring streak January 6-10 (5g)…Had five-game point-scoring streak January 20-February 1 (4g-1a-5pts); goals in four straight January 20-30 matched team-season high (Langenbrunner & Parise)…Recorded points in six of seven games October 12-24 (7g-3a-10pts), including two three-game stretches: October 12-16 (4g-1a-5pts) and October 19-24 (3g-2a-5pts)…Also had points in three straight December 8-12 (2g-3a-5pts), as well as points in back-to-back contests four times, most recently March 4-6 (2a)…Recorded game-determining goals February 6 vs. NY Rangers and January 20 vs. Philadelphia; was 7-13 in shootouts overall…Posted three season-high three-point efforts over a seven-game span to start season: 2g-1a October 19 vs. Nashville, first career hat trick in home-opener October 12 vs. Toronto and three assists in season-opener at Carolina to match career high…Had five two-point efforts over final 36 appearances, including back-to-back two-goal games: January 6 at Ottawa and January 7 at Montreal…Recorded 1g-1a-2pts December 8 vs. Philadelphia, as well as two twoassist games: December 17 at NY Rangers and December 9 at Boston…Appeared in his 300th NHL contest February 1 at Philadelphia…Is plus-49 lifetime in 310 career regular-season appearances…Led Devils with eight goals during Stanley Cup Playoffs; total included team-record five-game goal-scoring streak April 18-28 (6g).

2005-06: Named Devils’ MVP as voted by his teammates… Finished first on NJD with 48 goals, 89 points, 24 power play goals, 34 PP points and ten game-winning goals…Established team’s single-season goal-scoring mark (P. Verbeek, 46, ’87-88), and power play goal record (J. MacLean, 19, ’90-91)…Reached the 40-goal mark March 28 vs. Ottawa, marking eighth time a Devils’ player accomplished feat (6 players)…Is one of just seven to record 41g, one of five with 42g, one of four with 43g, one of three with 44/45g, one of two with 46g, and the only one with 47/48g…Eighty-nine points is the third-highest total in NJD history (P. Elias, 96, ’00-01 & K. Muller, 94, ’87-88)…Eighteen GWG over a two-season span are tied for the most in team history (MacLean, ’89- 91)…Goal/assist/point totals were career highs; entered 2005- 06 with two career PPG…Became fifth fastest Devil to reach 10g mark (in 16 GP); was second fastest to 15g (22 GP), tied for the sixth fastest to 20g (37 GP), fifth fastest to 25g (44 GP), fourth fastest to 30g (54 GP), third fastest to 35g (66 GP), second fastest to 40g (72 GP), tied for second fastest to 45g (79 GP), and second fastest to 46g (81 GP)…Led NJD with careerhigh 291 shots; had at least 1 shot in 80 of 82 games…Had points in season/career-high 15 straight games March 21 through end of regular-season schedule April 18 (12g-13a- 25pts)…Fifteen games tied NJD record (Elias, Dec. 27, 1999- Jan. 28, 2000)…Recorded goals/points in five straight games November 18-29 (6g-4a-10pts); goals in five straight was a team season high…Tied for first (S. Gomez) on team with 26 multiple-point games overall…Totals show six season-high three-point efforts, including career high (tie) three assists April 13 vs. Philadelphia…Twenty-six multi-pt efforts tied the team record (Muller, ’87-88); led NJD with 19 2-pt games and ten 2g games…Recorded third overtime goal of campaign with 1g- 1a-2pts April 11 at Carolina…Posted second OT goal of season in 1g-1a-2pt effort April 2 at Pittsburgh…Recorded 2g February 9 at Boston, including first career shorthanded goal and second career OT tally…Appeared in his 200th career game/posted 100th point with 1a December 21 at the NY Islanders…Unsuccessful on first career penalty shot attempt November 25 at Tampa Bay (S. Burke)…Recorded gamedetermining goal October 29 at Boston; went 4-10 in shootouts overall…Finished first on squad with plus-18 mark…Was one of three players (J. Langenbrunner & B. Rafalski) in NJD lineup with points in all four games of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NY Rangers; series extended his point-scoring streak to 19 straight games (14g-17a-31pts)…Two of three postseason tallies were game winners…Recorded team-leading 4g for Team USA at 2006 Olympic Winter Games…

2004-05: Represented United States at 2005 World Championships in Austria…Signed with Albany (AHL) March 15, 2005; made season debut March 18 at Rochester…Posted 5g-7a-12pts while appearing in 15 of 16 AHL games…Signed with Iserlohn of German Elite League but did not see any action…

2003-04: Named Unsung Hero as voted by his teammates…Reached the 20g mark for first time in NHL career; total included 8 GW tallies and lone career game-tying goal…Finished third on squad with +19 mark…Missed 7 games March 6-19 with lacerations after taking a puck to the face March 5 at Tampa Bay…Appeared in first 67 games of season and 89 straight since February 23, 2003…Finished tied for second (Elias) on squad with 2g-3a-5pts in ECQF vs. Philadelphia…

2002-03: Saw action in 58 regular-season games during first full NHL season/second pro campaign…Did not qualify as a rookie due to his number of games played the previous season…Played in 27 straight to open season through December 12; saw action in just 31 of the remaining 55 contests…Recorded points in four straight games March 21- 27 (1g-3a-4pts)…Recorded his first career OT tally/only goal of contest December 2 at Philadelphia…Was never a “healthy scratch,” missed 3 games February 18-21 due to ankle injury, 19 games January 4-February 12 due to leg injury, and 2 games December 14-18 with bruised ankle…Recorded just 3a through first three rounds of playoffs; finished second on club with 1g-5a-6pts in SCF…Lone goal of post-season came during 1g-2a- 3pt effort in game five vs. Anaheim…

2001-02: Signed with Devils June 2, 2001 and attended his first NHL training camp in September…Made pro debut with Albany October 5 at Providence…Recalled to New Jersey on three occasions: December 28, January 22 and during February 21 Olympic break…Despite time spent in NHL, finished eighth on River Rats with 9g-16a-25pts in 37 games played…Missed 5 games December 9-21 with ankle injury…Made NHL debut December 30 at Edmonton…Posted season-high 1g-3a-4pts April 13 at Washington…Made his playoff debut in game 1 of ECQF at Carolina…Finished fourth on team in post-season scoring with 2g-2a-4pts; total included New Jersey’s lone shorthanded goal/NHL’s only shorthanded goal among rookies…

A three-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Award during his four years at Boston College…Recorded 33g-21a- 54pts and 47 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Eagles his senior season…Had four-year totals of 123g-109a-232pts and 203 PIM in 164 games; 123 career goals are a B.C. record…Was named the Hockey East Player of the Year in 2000-01…Also named to the NCAA First All-Star Team and the HE First All-Star Team three times…Represented the United States at the World Junior Championships in 1998 and ’99, and the World Championships in 2000 and ’01.

PERSONAL: Married; wife’s name is Harvest…The couple’s first child, son Adam Joseph, was born August 10, 2005…Spends his summers working at the family hardware store in Greece, NY, where he was raised…Appeared in NHL’s My Stanley Cup campaign, as well as a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated…Nickname is “Gio”…Typical gameday meal includes chicken, pasta and vanilla ice cream…Was selected as the Devils Fan Club Player of the Year for 2005-06, and Rookie of the Year for 2001-02…Idolized P. LaFontaine as a child.