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Brian Gionta

Hockey

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The Short List

  • 2006 Olympic Team member
  • World Championships Team member (2000, 2001, 2005)
  • World Junior Championships Team member (1998, 1999)

Did You Know?

  • Selected 82nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL entry draft
  • Four-year All-American hockey player at Boston College, leading his team to an NCAA Championship during 2000-2001 season
  • Three-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Award
  • Currently the smallest player in the NHL
  • Brother, Stephen, plays hockey at Boston College
  • Lists Pat LaFontaine and Wayne Gretzky as his favorite players while growing up
  • Favorite television show is Seinfeld
  • Enjoys listening to Tim McGraw and Dr. Dre music before games
  • He and wife, Harvest, have a son named Adam

It's Every Day
Gionta's father owns and operates a hardware store in Greece, NY, where he often visits and sometimes helps out during the offseason. "I don't know if I'd classify it as "work." It's more like hanging out with my father," Gionta said. "Nowadays I have the leeway financially. Back in the day, I had to work a lot and be responsible. Now I just distract him, get in the way and hang out with a cup of coffee. I run the register every now and then, but nothing major." USA Today

Quote
On making the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team: "I'm honored. Obviously it's my first time to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. I think it's a childhood dream of anyone growing up to represent your team in the Olympics, so I'm extremely honored and looking forward to the challenge." North Jersey Media Group