Josh Gorges

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Josh Gorges
Josh Gorges 2017-11-14.jpg
Gorges with the Sabres in 2017
Born (1984-08-14) August 14, 1984 (age 34)
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for San Jose Sharks
Montreal Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 20052018

Joshua Daniel Gorges (born August 14, 1984) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman. He is of German ancestry as his grandparents immigrated from Germany to Canada. Gorges played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres.

Canadians citizens of Canada

Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Germans are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe, who share a common German ancestry, culture and history. German is the shared mother tongue of a substantial majority of ethnic Germans.


Playing career

As a youth, Gorges played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Kelowna. [1]

Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is an annual minor ice hockey event in Quebec City. The event was founded in 1960 to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival, and give an opportunity to players under 12 years of age to have international competition. The tournament raises funds for the local Patro Roc-Amadour foundation, and is mostly run by volunteers and a few staff. The event takes place each year in February at the Videotron Centre, and previously spent 56 seasons at the Quebec Coliseum. As of 2018, the event has showcased the talent of over 1,200 future professionals in the National Hockey League or the World Hockey Association.

Minor hockey is an umbrella term for amateur ice hockey which is played below the junior age level. Players are classified by age, with each age group playing in its own league. The rules, especially as it relates to body contact, vary from class to class. In North America, the rules are governed by the national bodies, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, while local hockey associations administer players and leagues for their region. Many provinces and states organize regional and provincial championship tournaments, and the highest age groups in Canada and USA also participate in national championships.

Kelowna City in British Columbia, Canada

Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. It serves as the head office of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. The name Kelowna derives from an Okanagan language term for "grizzly bear".

Gorges played major junior for his hometown Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2000 through 2004. After going undrafted in 2002, he signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks. Gorges was named Team WHL captain for the 2003 RE/MAX Canada-Russia Challenge. [2] He was also a member of Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a silver medal. [3] In 2004, the Rockets (with Gorges as team captain) won the Memorial Cup.

Kelowna Rockets major junior ice hockey team based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

The Kelowna Rockets are a major junior ice hockey team based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The Rockets play in the Western Hockey League (WHL), out of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). They play their home games at Prospera Place.

Western Hockey League sports league

The Western Hockey League (WHL) is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitutes the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. Teams play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, with the winner moving on to play for the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship. WHL teams have won the Memorial Cup 19 times since the league became eligible to compete for the trophy. Many players have been drafted from WHL teams, and have found success at various levels of professional hockey, including the National Hockey League (NHL).

2002 NHL Entry Draft

The 2002 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft was held June 22–23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Two hundred and ninety-one players were drafted in total: 35 from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); 23 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL); 43 from the Western Hockey League (WHL); 41 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey conferences; six from U.S. high schools and 110 from outside North America.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Gorges played for the Sharks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Cleveland Barons.

The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a lockout that resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of play of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, the first time and only time a major professional sports league in North America canceled a complete season because of a labor dispute, and the second time after the 1994–1995 MLB strike that the postseason of a major professional sports league in North America was canceled. The lockout lasted 10 months and 6 days starting September 16, 2004, the day after the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NHL and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) that resolved the 1994–95 lockout expired.

American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.

Cleveland Barons (2001–06) American Hockey League team (2001–2006)

The Cleveland Barons were a professional American ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Cleveland, Ohio, at Gund Arena between 2001 and 2006.

He made his debut for the Sharks during the 2005-06 season, skating in 49 games

Gorges with the Sharks in 2006. Joshgorgeschecking.jpg
Gorges with the Sharks in 2006.

On February 25, 2007, Gorges and a 2007 first-round pick were traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Craig Rivet and a 2008 fifth-round pick. [4] On July 9, 2008, the Canadiens signed Gorges to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension. [5]

2007 NHL Entry Draft

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft was the 45th NHL Entry Draft. It was hosted at Nationwide Arena in the city of Columbus, Ohio, on June 22, 2007. The draft consisted of seven rounds with rounds two through seven taking place on June 23, 2007. The draft was televised on TSN and RDS, with the first round simulcasted in the United States on Versus and in Europe on NASN.

Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Anthony Craig Rivet, is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He previously played for the Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, and Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, before finishing his career with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.

On February 10, 2010, during a game against the Washington Capitals, Gorges was hit on the left side of the head by a slap shot from Mike Green. Gorges remained motionless on the ice for several minutes, with his head bleeding. He eventually was helped up by team doctors and helped to the bench. The Canadiens eventually won the game 6–5 in OT to end the Capitals 14-game win streak. [6] Gorges skated in practice the next day and was quoted as saying "Unless something happens in the next 24 hours, I’ll be in the lineup against the Flyers." [7]

Gorges was widely praised for his performances in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Don Cherry declaring "Josh Gorges should be captain of the Canadiens, there’s no doubt in my mind. He’s a captain’s captain. This isn’t in any way to say that Brian Gionta is bad, it’s only to say that Gorges is so good. He’s exceptional. And I think Brian would be happy to have a little pressure taken off him so he could just play the game. Look up the word ‘leader’ in the dictionary, and you’ll find Gorges’s picture." [8]

On July 22, 2011, the Canadiens re-signed Gorges to a one-year, $2.5 million contract extension. [9]

Gorges with the Canadiens in May 2010. Josh Georges 2010-05-02.JPG
Gorges with the Canadiens in May 2010.

On January 1, 2012, Gorges signed a six-year, $23.4 million contract extension with the Canadiens. [10]

On July 1, 2014, Gorges was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2016 second-round pick. [11] He refused to waive his no-trade clause to be traded to the Canadiens' rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. [12]

Upon concluding his contract with the Sabres following the 2017–18 season, Gorges remained an un-signed free agent over the summer and into the 2018–19 season. On January 14, 2019, Gorges announced his retirement from his 13 season NHL career. [13]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2000–01 Kelowna Rockets WHL 5746102461124
2001–02 Kelowna RocketsWHL727344174151788
2002–03 Kelowna RocketsWHL5411485976193172016
2003–04 Kelowna RocketsWHL621131423817213156
2004–05 Cleveland Barons AHL 203364
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 4906631110114
2005–06 Cleveland BaronsAHL1823512
2006–07 San Jose SharksNHL4713426
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL70112
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL70000
2007–08 Montreal CanadiensNHL6209932120330
2008–09 Montreal CanadiensNHL81419233740117
2009–10 Montreal CanadiensNHL823710391902214
2010–11 Montreal CanadiensNHL3616718
2011–12 Montreal CanadiensNHL822141639
2012–13 Montreal CanadiensNHL482791550004
2013–14 Montreal CanadiensNHL661131412170226
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL4606616
2015–16 Buffalo SabresNHL772101272
2016–17 Buffalo SabresNHL6615650
2017–18 Buffalo SabresNHL3402217
NHL totals783171071244046809935
Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2004 Finland


YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2004 Canada WJC Silver medal icon.svg60334
Junior totals60334


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