"When I moved here, living in Manhattan, just meeting people that had been affected by it, it was a reality check. Knowing how huge those towers were and the devastation it caused, it was a big eye-opener when I moved here."
-- Marc Staal
An hour later, training camp meant so little. An hour later, the world was a much different and more dangerous place.
Gionta grew up in Rochester, N.Y., which is about a five-hour drive from lower Manhattan. He grew up adoring the New York City skyline, and on that fateful morning, while he was starting his NHL journey, the World Trade Center was falling.