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Gionta gears up for games

Gionta gears up for games

February 14, 2018 03:42 AM

He's a former NHL star, the captain of the United States Men's Ice Hockey Team, and a Rochester native, and Brian Gionta is now ready to represent our area all the way in PyeongChang.

The former Sabres captain opted out of playing in the NHL this year in order to preserve his Olympic eligibility. As a result, he ended up signing a one day contract to the Rochester Americans to play one game in front of his hometown crowd before he shipped off to South Korea. During the contest against Toronto, he scored a goal, and the entire Blue Cross Arena erupted into chants of U-S-A. For Gionta, the chance to wear the red, white and blue and represent our nation and the Rochester area on the world's biggest stage is one of the biggest honors he could have.

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"It sends shivers down your back," he says, "It's one of those things. You have so much pride in your country and the people that fought for our freedom, and to go out and represent them on a stage like that... it's unreal. It's tough to put into words any time you get a chance to do it, even during a small tournament in November, it's special. It's even more special in the Olympics."

Team USA begins its Olympic games at 7 a.m. on Wednesday as they take on Slovenia on NBCSN (Spectrum channel 69).

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