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Gionta to practice with Amerks

Rochester Americans general manager Randy Sexton announced Monday that Brian Gionta has been invited to practice with the team for an extended period of time in preparation for international play.

Gionta is scheduled to join the Amerks on the ice beginning Tuesday for the team’s practice at the Blue Cross Arena.

The 38-year-old Rochester native has appeared in 1,006 National Hockey League games with the Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils over a 16-year professional career in which he has recorded 588 points. Gionta has also compiled 68 points over 112 career playoff appearances and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup-winning Devils.

Gionta, who also played parts of the 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons with the AHL’s Albany River Rats, has served as team captain in each of his last seven seasons, including the previous three in Buffalo.