Nathan Gerbe

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Nathan Gerbe
Nathan Gerbe 2013.jpg
Born (1987-07-24) July 24, 1987 (age 27)
Oxford, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 142nd overall, 2005
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2008–present

Nathan David Gerbe (born July 24, 1987) is an American ice hockey player who is currently a player for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. He previously played for Buffalo Sabres. At 5 feet, 5 inches tall, he is currently the shortest player in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Gerbe played for the Boston College Eagles of the Hockey East conference in the NCAA (wearing the number 9), and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the 142nd pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

In the 2008 Frozen Four he scored 5 goals in the final two games, leading his team to the championship, and was named the tournament's most outstanding player.[1] He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in the same 2007–08 season.[2]

Gerbe with the Sabres in 2012.

Despite his diminutive size, he makes up for it off the ice with his strong build. On the ice he is known for his skating ability and scoring touch as evident with 68 points in 43 games in his last year with Boston College. During his tenure with the Buffalo Sabres, the local fans have begun to call him the "Tasmanian Devil" of the Buffalo Sabres, a reference to his smaller size, but rough style of play. He has also been called, "The Gerbil," by local fans in reference to a confrontation with Daniel Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011 NHL playoffs.

In an interview, Gerbe revealed that he models his game based after Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Danny Brière of the Montreal Canadiens, who are also known for their small size and on-ice ability.

On May 6, 2008, Gerbe signed his first professional contract, a three-year, $2.55 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.[3] He scored his first NHL preseason goal in a loss to the Montreal Canadiens on September 22. On December 6, 2008, he was recalled by the Sabres, and played in his first NHL regular season game, a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. On December 13, Gerbe recorded his first NHL point against the New Jersey Devils by assisting a Drew Stafford goal.[4] Gerbe was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year in the 2008–09 season of the AHL. He scored his first career goal on December 9, 2009, against the Washington Capitals.[5] On April 26, 2010, he scored his first playoff goal against the Boston Bruins.[6]

On January 21, 2011, he scored two goals in five seconds against the New York Islanders, setting a franchise record for the fastest two goals by one player.[7] On June 29, 2011, Gerbe re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year deal worth $1.42 million per season.

Upon completion of the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Gerbe was placed on waivers by the Sabres on July 3, 2013, with the intention of buying out the remainder of his contract.[8] A free agent, Gerbe later agreed to a one-year, two way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 26, 2013.[9]

On June 24, 2014, Nathan Gerbe resigned with the Hurricanes on a two-year, one-way contract. The deal pays Gerbe $1.5 million in 2014-15, and $2 million in 2015-16. [10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 River City Lancers USHL 25 3 3 6 49 7 1 1 2 2
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 6 2 0 2 8
2003–04 U.S. National Development Team USDP 58 25 19 44 153
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team USDP 50 22 25 47 91
2005–06 Boston College HE 39 11 7 18 75
2006–07 Boston College HE 41 25 22 47 76
2007–08 Boston College HE 43 35 33 68 65
2008–09 Portland Pirates AHL 57 30 26 56 63 5 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 0 1 1 4
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 44 11 27 38 46 4 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 2 3 5 4 2 1 1 2 0
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 16 15 31 34 7 2 0 2 18
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 6 19 25 32
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 5 5 10 14
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 16 15 31 36
NHL totals 269 45 58 103 124 9 3 1 4 18
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Mora
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold 2005 České Budějovice
Silver 2004 Minsk

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WHC17 4th 5 5 5 10 4
2004 United States WJC18 2nd 6 0 2 2 20
2005 United States WJC18 1st 6 4 4 8 14
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 0 0 0 6
2007 United States WJC 3rd 7 0 6 6 2
Junior totals 31 9 17 26 46

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 2006–07
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2007 [11]
All-Hockey East First Team 2007–08
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2007–08
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2008 [12]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2008 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chambers, Mike (April 13, 2008). "Boston College wins title". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  2. ^ Marrapese-Burrell, Nancy; Barbara Matson (April 12, 2008). "Porter, not Gerbe, wins Hobey Baker". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Sabres sign Boston College forward Nathan Gerbe to 3-year deal". The Canadian Press. May 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-06. [dead link]
  4. ^ NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Buffalo @ Devils - 12/13/08 http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2008020434
  5. ^ NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Capitals @ Buffalo- 12/9/09 http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020442
  6. ^ "NHL Scores - Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins". ESPN. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  7. ^ Wawrow, John (January 21, 2011). "Grabner scores 2 goals, Isles beat Sabres 5-2". Associated Press. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Agent: Sabres inform Nathan Gerbe they intend to buyout final year of contract". National Hockey League. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ "Hurricanes sign Gerbe to one-year, two-way contract". The Sports Network. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  10. ^ "Canes Agree to Terms with Nathan Gerbe". Carolina Hurricanes. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  11. ^ a b "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  12. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brock Bradford
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
2008
Succeeded by
Kieran Millan
Preceded by
Justin Abdelkader
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
2008
Succeeded by
Colby Cohen