BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Add the Rochester Americans to the list of teams Brian Gionta will have played for. On Monday the Amerks announced that they've signed Gionta to a one-game professional tryout. With the deal, Gionta is expected to be in the Amerks lineup on Friday when they host the Toronto Marlies.
Gionta, a Rochester native, has spent the last three months practicing with the Americans as he prepares for the upcoming Winter Olympics.
"Brian has been practicing with us on a regular basis since early in the season,” said Americans General Manager Randy Sexton. “These practices were part of his preparation for the Olympics and, given the Olympics are just around the corner, a game was the final tune-up for him to get ready to captain the U.S. Olympic team. The entire Buffalo Sabres organization wishes Brian all the very best in his pursuit of a gold medal.”
The former captain of the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens will serve in the same role for Team USA in Pyeongchang.