October 9, 1983 |
Rochester, NY, USA
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL team||New Jersey Devils|
|National team||United States|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Ice Hockey World Championships|
Stephen Michael Gionta (born October 9, 1983) is an American ice hockey left wing, currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, who played for the Devils from 2001 to 2009. Due to his brother's nickname, "The Rochester Rocket", and the fact that a big part of Stephen's game relates to speed as well, he is recently being dubbed as "The Rochester Pocket Rocket" by some fans in the light of his recent playoff performance.
He was not drafted by any team, but after graduating from Boston College he signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Albany River Rats, the AHL affiliate of his older brother's team at the time, the New Jersey Devils.
Stephen made his professional debut at the end of the 2005–06 AHL season with the River Rats. Gionta's first ever AHL game was on April 13, 2006 against the Springfield Falcons. Stephen led his team to a 5–3 victory by scoring 3 goals and adding 1 assist. He was named the first star of the game.
For the 2006–07 season, Stephen played for the Devils AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils. He was on the team with Mike Pandolfo and Jordan Parise, who also have brothers (Jay and Zach, respectively) playing for the Devils, marking arguably the first time that three sets of brothers were playing for the same system simultaneously. This lasted until Brian signed with Montreal in 2009.
Stephen scored his first NHL goal in the New Jersey Devils season finale on April 7, 2012 against Craig Anderson the Ottawa Senators. His goal was the game-winning goal, and he received first star honors of the game.
In his first ever home playoff game on Tuesday April 17, 2012, Stephen scored the second goal of the game for the New Jersey Devils in a 4–3 loss to the Florida Panthers. He would also score the Devils second goal in Game 7 against the Panthers in the Devils 3–2 Double OT win.
On May 23, 2012, he scored his fourth NHL goal, and third playoff goal, against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. As he also had an assist, it was his first multi-point playoff game.
Regular season and playoffs
|1999–00||Rochester Jr. Americans||NAHL||41||11||15||26||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||17||1||2||3||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||25||2||5||7||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||3||5||1||6||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||12||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||1||0||1||0||24||3||4||7||4|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||48||4||10||14||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||6||2||0||2||4|