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Gionta signs with Albany

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Devils have signed center Stephen Gionta to an American Hockey League contract. The announcement was made by Albany General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Gionta, 29, is the AHL Devils all-time leader for points (135), goals (56), assists (79), shots (815) and games played (360). He served as team captain for four of the last five seasons. In 2011-12, he appeared in 56 games, producing 16 points with six goals and 10 assists before being recalled by the New Jersey Devils on April 5. He scored his first NHL goal on April 7 against the Ottawa Senators. Gionta was a member of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship team, playing in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He registered seven points with three goals and four assists.

A native of Rochester, NY, Gionta played four seasons for Boston College of Hockey East between 2002-06 and was an assistant captain his senior year. He skated in 149 career contests for the Eagles, registering 90 points, including 33 goals and 57 assists. During his time at Boston College, the Eagles made two Frozen Four appearances and played in the 2006 National Championship Game.

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