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Stephen Michael Gionta (born October 9, 1983) is an American former professional ice hockey centre. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. Gionta is the younger brother of Brian Gionta, who played for the Devils from 2001 to 2009.

Stephen Gionta
Stephen Gionta - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Gionta in 2013
Born (1983-10-09) October 9, 1983 (age 36)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–2019

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Gionta played in the 1997 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Rochester, New York.[1]

Gionta was not drafted by any team. However, after graduating from Boston College he signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Albany River Rats. The River Rats were the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, the team in which his older brother Brian was a member of.[2] Gionta made his professional debut at the end of the 2005-06 season with the River Rats. Gionta's first ever AHL game was on April 13, 2006 against the Springfield Falcons. Gionta led his team to a 5–3 victory by scoring 3 goals and adding 1 assist. He was named the first star of the game.[3]

After spending the next few seasons in the minor leagues, Gionta was called up by the Devils during the 2010-11 season. He made his debut on November 5, 2010 in a 3–0 loss to the New York Rangers. Gionta went scoreless in 12 games for the Devils that season.[citation needed]

On April 12, 2012, Gionta scored his first career NHL goal. The goal, which was the game-winning goal, was scored against Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators. The Devils won the game 4–2, while Gionta received first star honors of the game. During the 2012 postseason, Gionta skated in 24 games with the Devils, recording three goals and four assists. The Devils advanced to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, but fell to the Los Angeles Kings.[citation needed]

On June 29, 2012, Gionta re-signed with the New Jersey Devils on a two-year contract.[4] On July 1, 2014, Gionta re-signed for another two years.[5]

After 11 seasons within the Devils, Gionta's association with the club ended as he was out of contract to become a free agent. Unsigned over the following summer, Gionta accepted a professional try-out contract to attend the New York Islanders' training camp on September 12, 2016.[6] At the end of training camp, he signed a one-year deal with the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. On December 21, 2016, Gionta agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Islanders.[7] On August 8, 2017, Gionta re-signed with the Islanders to another one-year deal.[8] On October 2, 2017, Gionta was placed on waivers so he can be assigned to the AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.[citation needed]

On October 13, 2018, Gionta returned to the Islanders, signing a one-year, two-way contract.[9] He featured in 5 games with the Islanders going scoreless before he was assigned to play out the remainder of his contract in a return to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

On August 1, 2019, Gionta announced his retirement from professional hockey after 13 year playing career, accepting work as a professional scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Rochester Jr. Americans NAHL 41 11 15 26 56
2000–01 U.S. National Development Team USDP 17 1 2 3 12
2001–02 U.S. National Development Team USDP 25 2 5 7 33
2002–03 Boston College HE 33 5 10 15 36
2003–04 Boston College HE 41 9 15 24 36
2004–05 Boston College HE 38 8 11 19 44
2005–06 Boston College HE 39 11 21 32 66
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 3 5 1 6 2
2006–07 Lowell Devils AHL 67 7 8 15 15
2007–08 Lowell Devils AHL 63 16 13 29 33
2008–09 Lowell Devils AHL 52 2 9 11 30
2009–10 Lowell Devils AHL 68 15 19 34 26 5 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Albany Devils AHL 54 10 20 30 21
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 12 0 0 0 6
2011–12 Albany Devils AHL 56 6 10 16 40
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 1 0 1 0 24 3 4 7 4
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 11 2 3 5 4
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 4 10 14 14
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 66 4 7 11 18
2014–15 New Jersey Devils NHL 61 5 8 13 12
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 1 10 11 43
2016–17 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7 1 2 3 2
2016–17 New York Islanders NHL 26 1 5 6 2
2017–18 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 30 2 3 5 13
2018–19 New York Islanders NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 26 2 2 4 8 5 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 301 16 40 56 95 24 3 4 7 4
Medal record
Representing the   United States
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
  2013 Sweden/Finland

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 United States WJC18 6th 6 2 0 2 4
2013 United States WC   10 3 0 3 2
Junior totals 6 2 0 2 4
Senior totals 10 3 0 3 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  2. ^ "Devils sign familiar name in Gionta". Albany River Rats. 2006-03-29. Archived from the original on 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  3. ^ "Rats defeat Falcons". American Hockey League. 2006-04-13. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  4. ^ "Devils re-sign Steve Bernier, Stephen Gionta, Ryan Carter, Cam Janssen". The Star-Ledger. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  5. ^ "Devils re-sign Stephen Gionta, bring back goalie Scott Clemmensen to compete for backup job". The Record. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  6. ^ "Stephen Gionta agrees to tryout". New York Islanders. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  7. ^ "Gionta Agrees to One-Year Contract". islanders.nhl.com. 2016-12-21.
  8. ^ "Gionta Agrees To One-Year Contract". NHL.com. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Gionta Agrees To One-Year Contract". New York Islanders. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lightning announce promotions, additions to hockey operations staff". Tampa Bay Lightning. August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.

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