MONTREAL – One of fastest skaters in the league, Brian Gionta
didn’t earn himself that designation by taking it easy in the offseason.
The speedy winger may have spent the majority of his summer punishing himself in the gym, but he still managed to make some quality time for the things that matter most.
“I spent my summer back home in Rochester this year with my family,” described the 31-year-old father of two. “The weather was beautiful this year and our place is right on the water so we just did a lot of boating and relaxing on the lake.
“Once school was out, we brought the kids to Disneyworld and all the cousins and extended family came down too so it was like a little Gionta family reunion,” laughed Gionta, who made the trek to Orlando with his five-year-old son, Adam, and two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Leah. “We brought them to see Toy Story 3
just before we went so they were really into those cars from the movie more than anything.”
After returning from his week hanging with Mickey & Co. down south, the 5-foot-7 sniper’s vacation was officially over.
“We always have a good group of guys to work out with in the summer. I trained with Ryan Callahan and Scott Nichol plus some AHL guys – we did dry land and skated together all summer,” explained Gionta, who will look to build on his team-high 28 goals this year. “It’s always better to do it as a group instead of by yourself and you can motivate each other.”
While the rest of his workout buddies stayed back in New York to close out the summer, the Gionta clan had to pack up in late August to take care of some business here in their second home.
“We actually came back a few weeks earlier than usual this year because Adam was starting school,” offered Gionta, who has since been skating with his Habs teammates at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. “He was already in school last year but it was pre-kindergarten so he was only doing half-days; he’s moved up to full days now. It’s definitely weird not seeing him as much during the week, especially now before the season gets under way.”
With his eldest son already settling in to his new routine, the empty-nester is looking forward to doing the same – starting with the team’s training camp next week.
“I can’t wait for things to get going here and for the season to start – I feel great and I’m ready to go.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.comREAD ALSOMaking the cut The pieces are in place 31 players to take part in the Canadiens rookie camp 2010-11 season preview - Josh Gorges Who is Jeff Halpern?