Ex-Devil Brian Gionta retires from NHL

The final active player from the Devils‘ 2003 Stanley Cup championship team has called it a career.

Forward Brian Gionta announced his retirement on Monday after 16 NHL seasons for four NHL teams. Over 1,026 career games, Gionta posted 291 goals and 304 assists for 595 points.

Gionta, who did not start the 2017-18 season with an NHL club, captained the 2018 U.S. Olympic team before joining the Boston Bruins for 20 games to end the regular season, plus one more in the playoffs.

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After being the 82nd overall pick of the 1998 NHL Draft by the Devils, Gionta turned pro following four years at Boston College. The third-round played 58 games during the team’s 2002-03 championship season, posting 25 points. He added nine more in the team’s 24 postseason games.

Gionta then entered his name in the Devils’ record book by setting the single-season mark for goals with 48 in 2005-06. That mark still stands today. His 89 points that season stand as the fifth-most in one season in team history.

Following seven seasons with the Devils, he left as a free agent in the summer of 2009, inking a deal with the Montreal Canadiens. He spent five seasons there, and three more with the Buffalo Sabres.

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