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Brian Gionta didn't let size hold him back

Posted On: Dec 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

For you kids out there, there was a time when we couldn't always count on the local team winning.
Before Adam Vinatieri's kick sailed through the uprights in the Superdome in February 3, 2002, there was actually a dearth of titles around these parts. The Patriots had a glimmer of hope in the late 1990s under Bill Parcells, but they appeared to be on the wane again. The Bruins hadn't won since the Bobby Orr days in 1972. The Celtics, the most reliable local winner for four decades, had become mediocre. The Red Sox were still, well, the Red Sox. Boston teams were better known for their near-misses than titles.
And if there was a kindred spirit with the Red Sox on the local college scene, it was the Boston College hockey team. The Eagles had produced some of the best players that this country has ever seen, including Joey Mullen, Bill Guerin, Craig Janney and Kevin Stevens, to name just a few, and they had great teams but the Eagles' national title drought wore on.
By the time Brian Gionta arrived on the...

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