Gionta to be inducted into US Hockey Hall of Fame
American forward was the 28th captain in Canadiens historyby Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com
MONTREAL - The US Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2019 Class of inductees on Wednesday, and former Canadiens captain Brian Gionta is among the honorees.
Gionta, 40, signed as a free agent with Montreal in the summer of 2009. After scoring 28 goals for 46 points in just 61 games in his first season as a Hab, he helped lead the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference finals with nine goals and six assists in 19 postseason games.
The Rochester, NY native was named the 28th captain in team history ahead of the 2010-11 season. He scored the 20,000th goal in club history in the NHL on March 5, 2013.
In 303 games over five seasons with the Canadiens, Gionta recorded 97 goals and 76 assists for 173 points. In 45 career playoff games with Montreal, Gionta put up an impressive 28 points (13G, 15A).
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A third-round pick (82nd overall) in 1998 by the Devils, Gionta won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003. Following his time in Montreal, he spent three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres where he hit the 1,000-game mark. He closed out his career with the Boston Bruins in 2017-18.
The right winger represented his country twice at the Olympic Games - first in 2006, and then as captain in 2018.
Gionta joins Gary Bettman, Tim Thomas, Neal Henderson, and Krissy Wendell as the US HHOF's Class of 2019. The induction ceremony will take place on December 12 in Washington, DC.
Way to go, Gio!