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.
BAH GAWD, that's Brian Gionta music. The former #Sabres captain & Rochester native has been practicing with the #Amerks as he gets ready for the upcoming Olympics! @WKBW pic.twitter.com/O2nEMh4AWG
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) January 16, 2018
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.
U.S. Olympic captain and Rochester, NY native Brian Gionta was asked about the #Bills because, well, you know....@WKBW #WinterClassic pic.twitter.com/xF6CDVSrpM
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) January 1, 2018