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New York Islanders: Stephen Gionta Retires To Join Scouting Department

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18: Stephen Gionta
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18: Stephen Gionta

Stephen Gionta, who spent the last three years in the New York Islanders system, retired to become a scout with the Lightning.

After spending significant time with the New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta came over to the New York Islanders for the 2016-2017 season. He played 26 games that year putting up six points along the way.

That would be the season that Gionta spent the most time in the NHL with the Islanders. The following year he didn’t play a single game in the NHL, just 30 games with Bridgeport. This past year, he played five games with the Islanders and another 26 in the AHL.

After a nine-year NHL career, Stephen Gionta has decided to call it a career. Now, at 35 years old he will join the Tampa Bay Lightning as a Pro Scout.

At this point, he hasn’t been getting much playing time in the NHL or AHL for that matter and with young talent being infused into the Sound Tigers lineup it was likely time to step away. He served his purpose as the AHL vet for the past three years and now, he’ll transition to life after hockey.

Now both Stephen and brother Brian are out of the NHL. The NHL is Gionta-less for the first time since 2001.

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