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Greece native Brian Gionta signed by the Boston Bruins

Feb 25, 2018

Credit USA Hockey

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Greece native Brian Gionta is returning for a 16th NHL season after the Boston Bruins signed the United States Olympic team captain to a one-year $700,000 contract.

The Bruins announced the signing on Sunday, a few hours after they acquired veteran forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the New York Rangers.

Gionta joins the Bruins after competing at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, where the U.S. was eliminated following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday. The 39-year-old held off signing with an NHL team in free agency last summer in order to pursue an opportunity to compete at the Olympics.

Gionta spent the previous three seasons as captain of the Buffalo Sabres. He was also captain of the Montreal Canadiens, and won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003.

Overall, he has 289 goals and 588 points in 1,006 NHL games.

Gionta skated with the Rochester Amerks this past fall and played in one AHL game, scoring a goal at a game in Rochester.

The signing marks a homecoming of sorts for Gionta, who spent four seasons playing for Boston College. Gionta has a home in Buffalo.