Gionta trades NHL for shot at representing US at Olympics

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — For someone once constantly told he was too small to have an NHL future, Brian Gionta is enjoying a few last laughs entering the twilight of his career.

At 38, the 5-foot-7, 180-pound forward has no regrets with the decision he made last summer to put family and flag first to forego a chance at playing a 17th NHL season.

Rejecting at least one contract offer in July…

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