Despite his modest size at 5' 7" and 173 pounds (he is the second to the shortest player in the NHL - former HftL's ECEC Nathan Gerbe beats him by a mere two inches at 5' 5"), he is often described as "tenacious" as a player which more than makes up for anything he "lacks" in size (they're BOTH taller than I am!). From the Montreal Canadiens webpage:
That is unless you’re an opposing defenseman trying to catch him.
Gionta is an American-born player who grew up in Greece (suburb of Rochester), NY with his mom (Penny), dad (Sam), younger brother (Stephen), and older brother (Joe). His dad owns a hardware store (where Brian still works in the off-season) while his mom worked as a dental hygienist. His parents still live in Rochester.
Both of Brian's brothers are / have been involved with hockey. Stephen played college hockey for Boston College before going on to sign an amateur tryout contract for the New Jersey Devils AHL affiliate in 2006 (and continues to play in the NJ system). His brother Joe only played in high school at the Aquina Institute graduating in 1994.
"Watching Brian do amazing things in the N.H.L. definitely inspired me and opened my eyes and the eyes of a lot of smaller players," Stephen Gionta said. "He showed us that it doesn't matter how small you are. The only thing that really matters is how big your heart is."Brian's middle name is Joseph (as is his son's); is nicknamed "Gio" by his teammates and "the Rochester Rocket" by the media. He admits to eating chicken, pasta, and vanilla ice cream on game days.
Brian is married to wife, Harvest. The couple met in high school when he was a freshman and she was a senior (after having the nerve to ask her out on a date). They have two children; a son, Adam Joseph (pictured below), and a daughter, Leah.
|Gionta's wife (Harvest), Brian, and son (Adam)|
(not sure who the other people are)
Information found in this post obtained from the following sites:Brian Gionta Wikipedia
Montreal Candadiens Player Page - Gionta
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