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Brian Gionta
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Brian Gionta  #12

Buffalo Sabres  Right Wing
NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: January 18, 1979  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 5' 7" BIRTHPLACE: Rochester, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 176 DRAFTED: NJD / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 3rd   (82nd overall)
2014-15: Earned his first Sabres point (assist) at CAR (10/14) Scored his first two goals as a Sabre and added an assist vs. SJS (11/18) Played in his 800th NHL game and had an assist at MTL (11/29) Scored his third goal of the season at FLA (12/6) Scored the game-tying goal in the third period vs. FLA (12/13) Scored the game-winning goal at MTL (2/3) Recorded the 500th point of his career with a goal at PHI (2/19) Notched an assist vs. NYR (2/20) Tallied three points (1+2) and a plus-4 rating vs. VAN (2/26) Recorded his 250th career assist at BOS (3/17) Recorded an assist vs. NJD (3/20) Scored two goals at DAL (3/23) Tallied two points (1+1) vs. ARI (3/26) Scored a short-handed goal and added an assist at ARI (3/30) Registered two assists in 23:03 of ice time vs. TOR (4/1) Collected an assist vs. CHI (4/3) Tallied his eighth multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist vs. CAR (4/8) Scored a goal and added an assist at CBJ (4/10)
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.
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It's very special, obviously; there is draft day and then there's the day that you sign your first deal. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm very honored to be able to do that."

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