|Gerbe during an AHL All-Star game|
|5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
178 lb (81 kg)
|NHL Team||Buffalo Sabres|
|Born||July 24, 1987,|
Oxford, MI, USA
|NHL Draft||142nd overall, 2005|
|Pro Career||2008 – present|
Nathan David Gerbe (born July 24, 1987) is an American ice hockey player currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). At 5'5" in height, Gerbe is the shortest player in the NHL.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
In the 2008 Frozen Four he scored 5 goals in the final two games, leading his team to the championship, and was named the tournament's most outstanding player. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in the same 2007–08 season.
Despite his diminutive size at roughly 5 foot 5 inches, he makes up for it off the ice with his strong build. On the ice he is known for his skating ability and scoring touch as evident with 68 points in 43 games in his last year with Boston College. During his tenure with the Buffalo Sabres, the local fans have begun to call him the "Tasmanian Devil" of the Buffalo Sabres, a reference to his smaller size, but rough style of play. He has also been called, "The Gerbil," by local fans in reference to a petting confrontation with Daniel Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011 NHL playoffs.
In an interview, Gerbe revealed that he models his game based after Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Danny Brière of the Philadelphia Flyers (formerly of the Buffalo Sabres); who are also known for their small size and on-ice ability.
On May 6, 2008, Gerbe signed his first professional contract, a three–year, $2.55–million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. He scored his first NHL preseason goal in a loss to the Montreal Canadiens on September 22. On December 6, 2008, he was recalled by the Sabres, and played in his first NHL regular season game, a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. On December 13, Gerbe recorded his first NHL point against the New Jersey Devils by assisting a Drew Stafford goal. Gerbe was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year in the 2008–09 season of the AHL.
On June 29, 2011, Gerbe re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres with a 3 year deal worth 1.42 million dollars per season
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|2002–03||River City Lancers||USHL||25||3||3||6||49||7||1||1||2||2|
|2002–03||U.S. National Development Team||NAHL||6||2||0||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||58||25||19||44||153||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||50||22||25||47||91||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for United States of America|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
|Gold||2005 České Budějovice|
International[edit | edit source]
|Junior int'l totals||31||9||17||26||46|
References[edit | edit source]
- Chambers, Mike. "Boston College wins title", The Denver Post, April 13, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-05-06.
- Marrapese-Burrell, Nancy; Barbara Matson. "Porter, not Gerbe, wins Hobey Baker", The Boston Globe, April 12, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-05-06.
- "Sabres sign Boston College forward Nathan Gerbe to 3-year deal", The Canadian Press, May 6, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-05-06.
- NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Buffalo @ Devils - 12/13/08 http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2008020434
- NHL.com - Game Boxscore - Capitals @ Buffalo- 12/9/09 http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020442
- ESPN.com - NHL Scores - Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=300426001
- Wawrow, John (January 21, 2011). Grabner scores 2 goals, Isles beat Sabres 5-2. Associated Press. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved on January 21, 2011.