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Former NHL captain lands job with D-1 hockey program


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Sam Hutch
January 14, 2023  (1:56 PM)
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After announcing his retirement in 2018 and moving into a developmental roll with the Buffalo Sabres it appears former NHL veteran and twice an NHL captain Brian Gionta has landed his next job in hockey.

According to Niagara University Purple Eagles, they have hired Gionta as Director of Player Development, take a look:
Gionta, 43, a veteran of 1,026 NHL games had 291 goals and 304 assists for a total of 595 points, while playing for a total of 4 teams in parts of 16 NHL seasons. He is also regarded as a great leader.
I am excited to join a great staff led by Jason Lammers and pass on my experiences and aid the development of current and future Purple Eagles.

Niagara University has only had 2 players in their history make the NHL and their hope is Gionta helps elevate their program to the next level.
Brian's commitment to developing players and helping them reach their full potential is his priority," said head coach Jason Lammers. "Brian's strong leadership skills and passion for the game are Uncommon and will bring a new level of development for our student-athletes both on and off the ice to the program.

I'm sure Gionta will help the program and be able to pass down a wealth of experience in the process. The Purple Eagles haven't made an NCAA tournament appearance since 2013
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