BRIAN JOSEPH GIONTA; born January 18, 1979 ... shoots right ? a dynamic performer with exceptional skills ... does not shy away from contact, but rather welcomes it ... has traveled overseas with the U.S. National Team for the 1999 and 2000 World Championships; registered two goals and one assist in the 2000 tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia ? competed in the Tampere Cup in Tampere, Finland from August 21-24, 1997 ... earned 1997-98 HOCKEY EAST Academic All-Star honors.
AS A JUNIOR (1999-2000): Played in all 42 games ? earned JOFA/AHCA All-America first team honors ... was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award ... captured HOCKEY EAST All-Conference first team honors ... earned the Herb Gallagher Award, given annually to the most outstanding forward in New England ? also gained All-New England first team recognition ... twice captured HOCKEY EAST Player of the Month honors (December and February) and twice earned Player of the Week honors ? ranked among the nation's leaders in several offensive categories - goals per game (0.79; third), game-winning goals (six; tied-fifth), power-play goals (10; tied-11th) and points per game (1.33; 16th) ? led all HOCKEY EAST scorers with 20 goals in 24 league games ? tallied one shorthanded goal ? enjoyed 16 multiple-point games, including nine multiple-goal outings; had five three-point games ? registered two hat tricks, bringing his three-season total to seven ? notched his first hat trick of the season in a 6-1 win over Dartmouth in the Vermont Hockey Classic (12/29); followed that effort with a three-assist performance against Vermont the following night to gain All-Tournament recognition ? his second hat trick came in a 4-1 home win over New Hampshire (2/20) ? began the new millenium with a two-goal, one-assist effort against Brown (1/2) ? tallied two goals in a 4-4 home tie with Boston University (1/8) ? notched two goals in each of two consecutive games - at Maine (1/29) and at UMass-Lowell (2/4) ? scored two goals in an 8-0 home win over Providence (2/11) ? enjoyed two two-goal outings in the Eagles' postseason run; netted two goals in the first game of the HOCKEY EAST Tournament quarterfinal series against Northeastern (3/10), and two goals in the Eagles' NCAA Tournament West Regional victory over Wisconsin (3/25) ? tallied seven points - four goals and three assists - in BC's four NCAA Tournament contests ? had one goal and one assist in the 6-5 overtime win over Michigan State in the first round (3/24); assisted on Jeff Farkas' overtime winner ? scored the final goal - into an empty net - in the 4-2 win over St. Lawrence in the tournament's semifinal round (4/6) ? assisted on both of the team's goals in the title game against North Dakota (4/8).
AS A SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Played in 39 games; missed four games while playing with Team USA in the IIHF World Junior Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba ... earned Titan All-America first team honors ... was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award ... captured HOCKEY EAST All-Conference first team honors ... gained All-New England first team recognition ...was selected to the NCAA Tournament's West Regional All-Tournament Team ... gained All-Tournament accolades at the Ice Breaker Cup in Minneapolis, Minn. ... earned HOCKEY EAST Player of the Week honors three times ... registered 60 points - 27 goals and 33 points ... ranked eighth in the nation in scoring ... was tied for sixth in goals and tied for 15th in assists ... scored 11 power-play goals, ranking him fifth among Division I leaders ... tallied 41 points - 16 goals, 25 assists - in 24 HOCKEY EAST contests, second among league leaders ... netted five game-winning goals ... recorded three short-handed goals and three empty-net goals ... notched 15 multiple-point games, including 11 games with at least three points ... registered three hat tricks; scored two goals in each of five additional games ... his hat tricks came in games against Ohio State (10/9), Boston University (11/20) and Providence (1/23) - all BC victories ... tallied six points - two goals and four assists - in a memorable effort against Maine (1/9) ... scored one power-play goal, one short-handed goal and one empty-net goal in his three-goal effort at Providence ... enjoyed an 11-game point-scoring streak (10/30-12/8) ... registered seven points - three goals and four assists - in the team's two HOCKEY EAST quarterfinal-round wins over UMass-Lowell (3/11-12).
AS A FRESHMAN (1997-98): Played in 40 of 42 games; missed the two games in the Badger Showdown while playing with Team USA in the IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland ... earned Titan All-America second team honors ... earned HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Year honors, the fifth BC freshman to capture the prestigious award ... also earned HOCKEY EAST All-Conference second team honors ... captured New England Hockey Writers' Rookie of the Year accolades ... finished his spectacular rookie campaign as the nation's top-scoring freshman with 62 points - 30 goals and 32 assists; was the nation's seventh-leading scorer regardless of class ... set a Boston College record for goals by a freshman ... won the HOCKEY EAST (regular-season) goal-scoring title with 22 goals in 24 league contests ... ranked among the nation's leaders with 11 power-play goals ... captured HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors five times ... led the Eagles with six game-winning goals, including the memorable third-period tally that gave BC the HOCKEY EAST Tournament title-game win over Maine ... had 15 multiple-point outings, including two hat tricks ... tallied one goal and two assists against Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament's semifinal round (4/2) ... tallied one goal against Colorado College in the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round (3/29) ... notched four goals and one assist in BC's 7-3 home win over UMass-Lowell (2/28); another "BG" (current Edmonton Oiler Bill Guerin) was the last BC player to score four goals in one game (2/17/91 vs. Northeastern) ... followed his four-goal effort with a two-goal, two-assist outing at UMass-Amherst (3/4) ... capped a three-goal, one-assist effort at Merrimack (2/13) with the game-winning tally with 13 seconds remaining in the contest ... had six points - three goals and three assists - in back-to-back wins over Providence (1/16-17).
BEFORE BC: Played the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons for the Niagara Scenics of the Metro Toronto Hockey League (MTHL Junior A) ... captured 1996-97 MTHL Player of the Year honors; led the Central Division in scoring with 144 points - 63 goals and 81 assists - in 56 games ... earned MTHL Junior A Rookie of the Year accolades in 1995-96; was selected to the league's all-star team ... established a team record for most goals in one season with 73 ... served as team captain for head coach Kris Hicks in 1996-97 ... played the 1994-95 season for the Rochester American Junior B team, setting a team record with 89 points - 52 goals and 37 assists ... was a member of the US Select 16 team that participated in the Under-17 World Championship in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1995; led his team and finished second in the tournament with 13 points - six goals and seven assists - in five games ... finished as the second-leading scorer on the US Select 17 Team that competed in the Air Canada Pacific Cup in Nelson & Castlegar, British Columbia in August 1996; registered three goals and four assists in five games to help the team to a silver-medal finish ... also played soccer during his freshman year of high school.
PERSONAL: Enrolled as a communication major in the College of Arts & Sciences ... graduated from the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, N.Y. ... a fine student who also participated in the DARE program in the Rochester area ... Brian is the middle of Penny and Sam Gionta's three sons.
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