July 24, 1987 |
Oxford, MI, USA
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||142nd overall, 2005
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.
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. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in the same 2007–08 season.
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. 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. 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. On April 26, 2010, he scored his first playoff goal against the Boston Bruins.
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. 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. A free agent, Gerbe later agreed to a one-year, two way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 26, 2013.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
|Gold||2005 České Budějovice|
|Junior int'l totals||31||9||17||26||46|
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East Second Team||2006–07|
|All-Hockey East First Team||2007–08|
- Chambers, Mike (April 13, 2008). "Boston College wins title". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- Marrapese-Burrell, Nancy; Barbara Matson (April 12, 2008). "Porter, not Gerbe, wins Hobey Baker". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- "Sabres sign Boston College forward Nathan Gerbe to 3-year deal". The Canadian Press. May 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-06.[dead link]
- NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Buffalo @ Devils - 12/13/08 http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2008020434
- NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Capitals @ Buffalo- 12/9/09 http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020442
- "NHL Scores - Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins". ESPN. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Wawrow, John (January 21, 2011). "Grabner scores 2 goals, Isles beat Sabres 5-2". Associated Press. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- "Agent: Sabres inform Nathan Gerbe they intend to buyout final year of contract". National Hockey League. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
- "Hurricanes sign Gerbe to one-year, two-way contract". The Sports Network. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
|Awards and achievements|
|William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
|NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player