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.
Gionta in 2013
October 9, 1983|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
New Jersey Devils|
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. On August 8, 2017, Gionta re-signed with the Islanders to another one-year deal. On October 2, 2017, Gionta was placed on waivers so he can be assigned to the AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
On October 13, 2018, Gionta returned to the Islanders, signing a one-year, two-way contract. 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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||3||5||1||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||12||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||1||0||1||0||24||3||4||7||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|
|Representing the United States|
|Ice Hockey World Championships|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
- "Devils sign familiar name in Gionta". Albany River Rats. 2006-03-29. Archived from the original on 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
- "Rats defeat Falcons". American Hockey League. 2006-04-13. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
- "Devils re-sign Steve Bernier, Stephen Gionta, Ryan Carter, Cam Janssen". The Star-Ledger. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- "Devils re-sign Stephen Gionta, bring back goalie Scott Clemmensen to compete for backup job". The Record. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- "Stephen Gionta agrees to tryout". New York Islanders. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
- "Gionta Agrees to One-Year Contract". islanders.nhl.com. 2016-12-21.
- "Gionta Agrees To One-Year Contract". NHL.com. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
- "Gionta Agrees To One-Year Contract". New York Islanders. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
- "Lightning announce promotions, additions to hockey operations staff". Tampa Bay Lightning. August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.