World Championship Flashback: Brian Gionta
more than two dozen former collegians slated to participate in the
2005 IIHF World Championship, our former college hockey heroes will
be trying to make memories on one of the sport's biggest stages.
With that in mind, Inside College Hockey takes this opportunity
to reflect on some of those players' memorable college moments.
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you score 123 goals in your college career, there may not be one
that stands out. In Brian Gionta’s case, five do.
five goals in the first period of a game against Maine in January
of his senior season remain one of the most remarkable achievements
in college hockey history.
just amazing,” recalls head coach Jerry York now. “Everything
he touched became a red light.”
Even more remarkable,
to York, was what happened after the period ended.
walking back to the locker room thinking, ‘How are we going
to handle this thing?’” he says. “These were two
tough, evenly matched teams. My first inclination was, ‘Can
he get six or seven? Can this be an all-time record?’
as we got in the locker room, before anyone said anything, Brian
stood up. He said, ‘All we want is to win a hockey game.’
I remember that more than the goals.”
That was a preview
of another locker room moment later in the year. Shortly after the
team’s semifinal win in Albany, York was going to break the
news that his star forward wasn’t going to win the Hobey Baker
Award the next day. Gionta interrupted him.
I only came here for one trophy,” he said. “That’s
all I’m looking forward to.”
he’s got similar team-first goals for his trip to Austria.
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