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Amerks sign Greece native Gionta to one-game professional tryout

Amerks sign Greece native Gionta to one-game professional tryout

January 29, 2018 02:42 PM

The Rochester Americans announced Monday that the team has signed Brian Gionta to a one-game professional tryout.

Gionta, a Greece native, is expected to be in the lineup on Friday, Feb. 2 when the Amerks resume their regular season schedule following the AHL All-Star break against the Toronto Marlies at the Blue Cross Arena.

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The 39-year-old has practiced with the Amerks since October in preparation for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which are set to begin Friday, Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"Brian has been practicing with us on a regular basis since early in the season,” said Amerks' General Manager Randy Sexton. “These practices were part of his preparation for the Olympics and, given the Olympics are just around the corner, a game was the final tune-up for him to get ready to captain the U.S. Olympic team. The entire Buffalo Sabres organization wishes Brian all the very best in his pursuit of a gold medal.”

Gionta, who will serve as captain of the U.S. national team, has appeared in 1,006 National Hockey League games with the Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, and New Jersey Devils over a 16-year professional career. He has served as team captain in each of his last seven seasons, including the previous three in Buffalo. 

For ticket information, visit www.amerks.com or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.  

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