Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Sabres
ROCHESTER - The Rochester Americans have announced that former Amerk and Rochester native Brian Gionta will make a special guest appearance Friday, Dec. 21 when the Amerks host the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. Gionta is set to sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the game in the upper concourse and will meet with fans throughout the night.
Gionta retired following the 2017-18 season during which he practiced regularly with the Amerks in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Gionta appeared in one game for the Amerks, a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Feb. 2. By scoring a goal that night, he became the only Rochester native in the 63 year history of the franchise to record a goal in his Amerks debut. After serving as captain for the U.S. men’s national team in South Korea, Gionta made his highly anticipated return to the NHL, recording seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in a brief 20-game stint with the Boston Bruins to close out a 17-year playing career.
Gionta recorded 595 points (291 goals, 304 assists) and 377 penalty minutes in 1,026 career National Hockey League games with the Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils. He also compiled 68 points (32 goals, 36 assists) in 113 career playoff appearances and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup-winning Devils.
The former Boston College standout served as team captain in each of his last full seven seasons in the NHL, including his last three campaigns in Buffalo. After retiring as a player following the Bruins playoff elimination, Gionta has since joined the Sabres organization in a development role.