COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (WKBW) — The USA Hockey Hall of Fame will include a familiar face to Western New Yorkers.
Former Buffalo Sabres captain and Rochester native Brian Gionta will join current NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, along with the founder of the "Hockey is for Everyone" program Neal Henderson, former Olympian Krissy Wendell-Pohl, and 2011 Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas to round out the 2019 class.
Gionta, 40, retired from professional hockey in 2018 with the Boston Bruins, and now serves as a development coach with the Sabres.
In three seasons with the Sabres, Gionta scored 40 goals while tallying 63 assists in 230 games; all as captain.
The induction ceremony takes place on December 12th in Washington.