Brian Gionta-The One that got away?
New York, NY - It was announced by the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday that right winger Brian Gionta will be captain for the 2010-11 season. Gionta, who is an American born hockey player from Rochester, NY, is taking upon his shoulders an honor that very little gain from one of the elite NHL teams.
The Canadiens, an Original Six team, are so rich in history. They have won 24 Stanley Cup championships. Names such as Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Ken Dryden and even Patrick Roy are among some of the great players to wear the ‘Habs’ uniform.
Gionta has a wealth of championship playing experience, as the winger has not only participated in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals but was also a member of the New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup winning team in 2002-03. The Canadiens hope that ‘Gio’, who at 5-7 is considered one of the biggest little men in the NHL, will lead them back to the Stanley Cup this season.
The Devils, who were bounced from the first round of the NHL Playoffs in the 2009-10 season will look to players like Ilya Kovalchuck, who has cost the Devils not only money but future Draft picks.
Which makes this writer wonder-is ‘Gio’ the player for the Devils-that got away. Gionta always provides great heart, hustle to go along with a scoring touch around the cage; leads the way on the Ice with his constant hustle.
Many people will dislike the fact that ‘Gio’ was awarded with the Captain’s C on his chest; while others will applaud the move. But at the end of this season if the Montreal Canadiens lift the Stanley Cup Championship this season-it will make many Devils fans wonder…
Is he the one that got away?