Brian Gionta hung up skates after 16 seasons
Veteran winger Brian Gionta hung up his skates Monday after 16 seasons and more than 1,000 games in the NHL.
Gionta, 39, announced his retirement at Buffalo's KeyBank Center. The Rochester, N.Y., native said he is moving into an unspecified role on the development staff of the Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans.
"I went into it hoping I could play one NHL game," he said Monday. "I would have never thought it lasted as long as it did."
Just 5-foot-7, Gionta played 1,026 NHL games and registered 291 goals and 304 assists. A seven-time 20-goal scorer, he recorded career highs in goals (48) and points (89) with New Jersey in 2005-06.