Josh Gorges

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Josh Gorges
Josh Georges 2010-05-02.JPG
Gorges with the Canadiens, 2010 playoffs
Born (1984-08-14) August 14, 1984 (age 30)
Kelowna, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
San Jose Sharks
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Joshua Daniel Gorges (born August 14, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. He is of German ancestry as his grandparents immigrated from Germany to Canada.

Playing career[edit]

After going undrafted, Gorges was signed as a free agent by San Jose in 2002. 2005–06 was his first season in the NHL. In 2004–05, he set the Cleveland Barons record for the fastest goal from the start of a game (20 seconds).

He played his junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, where he helped the Rockets to a Memorial Cup championship in 2004 as their captain.[1] He was also the captain[2] for the WHL in the Canada-Russia challenge in November 2003. Gorges was also a member of Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a silver medal. In 2003, NHL.com wrote an article about him, praising him for his work ethic and for exceeding expectations at every level. Hockeysfuture called him "a solid skater with adequate speed" who "is a good puckmoving defenceman who's effective on the power play with a decent point shot and playmaking abilities". What Gorges lacked in size and strength, he made up for with his discreet and efficient abilities. Hockeysfuture projected him as a future #3 or #4 defenceman.

Gorges with the Sharks in 2006.

Upon his arrival in San Jose, Gorges had some success early on as a reserve defenseman. However, as he was called on to play more minutes, he struggled. Many attributed his lack of success to his small size and distinct lack of strength, especially a problem in the more physical Western Conference where forwards like Ryan Getzlaf and Jarome Iginla could manhandle Gorges.

On February 25, 2007, Gorges was traded to the Montreal Canadiens alongside a 2007 first round pick (Max Pacioretty) for Craig Rivet and a 2008 fifth round pick (Jason Demers).

On July 9, 2008, Gorges signed a three-year contract worth US$3.3 million with the Canadiens.

Gorges scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings on January 4, 2007, and didn't score again until November 24, 2008 against the New York Islanders, making it his first goal in a Canadiens uniform.

On February 10, 2010, during a game against the Washington Capitals, Gorges was hit on the left side of the head by a slap shot off Mike Green. Gorges remained motionless on the ice for several minutes, with his head bleeding. He eventually was helped up by team doctors and helped to the bench. The Canadiens eventually won the game 6–5 in OT to end the Capitals 14-game win streak.[3] Gorges skated in practice the next day and was quoted as saying "Unless something happens in the next 24 hours, I’ll be in the lineup against the Flyers " [4]

Gorges was widely praised for his performances in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Don Cherry declaring he "should be (Canadiens) captain; if they are ever going to have a captain; this guy is the captain"

On February 19, 2011, Gorges had undergone successful reconstruction surgery on his injured right knee and missed the remainder of the 2010–11 season as a result. In the following off-season on July 22, 2011, Gorges signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens[5] worth US$2.5 million.[6]

On January 1, 2012 Gorges agreed to re-sign with the Canadiens with a six-year, $3.9 million per year contract.[7]

On July 1, 2014 he was traded by the Canadiens to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round draft pick in 2016, after refusing to waive his no-trade clause to be traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Kelowna Rockets WHL 57 4 6 10 24 6 1 1 2 4
2001–02 Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 7 34 41 74 15 1 7 8 8
2002–03 Kelowna Rockets WHL 54 11 48 59 76 19 3 17 20 16
2003–04 Kelowna Rockets WHL 62 11 31 42 38 17 2 13 15 6
2004–05 Cleveland Barons AHL 20 3 3 6 4
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 49 0 6 6 31 11 0 1 1 4
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 18 2 3 5 12
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 47 1 3 4 26
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 7 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 0 9 9 32 12 0 3 3 0
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 4 19 23 37 4 0 1 1 7
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 3 7 10 39 19 0 2 2 14
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 1 6 7 18
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 2 14 16 39
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 2 7 9 15 5 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 1 13 14 12 17 0 2 2 6
NHL totals 560 14 84 98 249 68 0 9 9 35
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2004 Finland

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WJC 6 0 3 3 4
Junior totals 6 0 3 3 4

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fragapane, Justin. "Memorial Cup memories: Josh Gorges". canadiens.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Gorges named Team WHL captain". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  3. ^ Capitals vs. Canadiens – 10/02/2010 – Montréal Canadiens – Recap. Canadiens.nhl.com (2010-02-10). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ The ultimate warrior – MontrĂŠal Canadiens – News. Canadiens.nhl.com (2010-02-10). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  5. ^ "Montreal Canadiens sign defenceman Josh Gorges to one-year contract". The Hockey News. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Canadiens sign Gorges to one-year $2.5 million deal". The Sports Network. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Canadiens extend Gorges". The Sports Network. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  8. ^ "Josh Gorges approves trade to Buffalo". Yahoo! Sports. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 

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