Welcome back, Brian Gionta. Well, at least for one game.
The Rochester Americans announced that Gionta, former captain of the Buffalo Sabres, is expected to be in the lineup Friday when the Amerks host the Toronto Marlies in Blue Cross Arena. The team signed Gionta to a one-game professional tryout contract for the game.
The game will serve as a tuneup for Gionta, who was named captain of Team USA for the upcoming Olympic Games. The 39-year-old Gionta, a native of Rochester, has been practicing with the Amerks since October.
"Brian has been practicing with us on a regular basis since early in the season," Amerks general manager Randy Sexton said in a team release. "These practices were part of his preparation for the Olympics and, given the Olympics are just around the corner, a game was the final tune-up for him to get ready to captain the U.S. Olympic team. The entire Buffalo Sabres organization wishes Brian all the very best in his pursuit of a gold medal."
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