BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers added veteran leadership to their forward corps with their latest signing. The National Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders announced the signing of right winger Stephen Gionta to a one-year two-way contract Tuesday.
The 33-year-old out of Rochester, NY appeared in 26 games with the New York Islanders, scoring a goal and receiving five assists. He also skated in seven games with the Sound Tigers, scoring a goal and adding two assists during the 2016-17 campaign.
Gionta made his NHL debut in 2010 with the New Jersey Devils. He skated in 296 regular-season games with the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders, scoring 16 goals and adding 40 assists. He also appeared in 24 playoffs games during the team’s run to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, where he scored three goals and added four assists.
He has skated in 374 games in the American Hockey League with the Albany River Rats, Lowell Devils, and Albany Devils, scoring 63 goals, adding 83 assists for 146 points.
Before going pro, Gionta played four years for the Boston College Eagles in the NCAA Hockey East Conference, where he collected 90 points (33G, 57A) in 151 games played. While at the university, Gionta and the Eagles went the NCAA Frozen Four twice and played in the National Championship game in 2006. He won three Hockey East titles with the Eagles in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Gionta has played hockey internationally where he received a Bronze medal with Team USA at the 2013 World Championships, scoring three goals and appearing in 10 games.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will kick off their 2017-18 season in Binghamton against the Devils on Saturday, October 7, while the home opener will be on October 21 against the Laval Rocket.