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Joe Gambardella
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Gambardella in 2019
Born (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 25)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Edmonton Oilers
Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present

Joseph Gabriel Gambardella[1] (born December 1, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He attended the University of Massachusetts–Lowell where he played college hockey and was a business major. Undrafted into the NHL, Gambardella signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers in 2017.

Playing career[edit]

While playing at Monsignor Farrell High School during the 2009–10 season, Gambardella was selected as an Advance All Star. He chose to forgo his senior year at Farrell and try out for a junior team. He joined the New Jersey Rockets in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League under coach Bob Thornton who also worked for the United States Hockey League. On Thornton's request, Gambardella tried out for the Des Moines Buccaneers midway through the 2011–12 season and made the team.[2]

In his second season with the Buccaneers, and his first full season with the team, Gambardella was named an alternate captain and announced his commitment to the University of Massachusetts Lowell in December 2012.[3] During this season, Gambardella was hit in the face with a puck causing a broken left cheek, sinus and orbital bones and a cut that required stitches. He finished the game but was forced to miss 5 weeks to recover from required surgery.[4] He ended the season with 36 points in 48 games.

Collegiate[edit]

Enrolled as a business major at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, Gambardella played in 41 games his freshman season.[1] He competed in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament but Massachusetts–Lowell lost to Boston College in the Northeast Region.

In his sophomore year, Gambardella set a new career high 30 points in 38 games. As the River Hawks competed in the 2015 Hockey East playoffs, Gambardella had a five game point run. He ended the season tied for first nationally with three shorthanded goals.[1]

On September 30, 2016, Gambardella was named an alternate captain for the River Hawks prior to his Junior year.[5] In his junior year, Gambardella competed in all 40 games of the season as the River Hawks made another playoff push. He ended the season with 27 assists which ranked fourth in the conference and second on the roster with a career high 37 points. He was awarded the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award[6] and the Gus Coutu Award as the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the UMass Lowell Hockey program.[1]

Gambardella concluded his senior season by becoming the first University of Massachusetts–Lowell player to be awarded the Walter Brown Award as the top American born college player in New England.[7] He was also awarded the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award for the second time and was named to the Hockey East Second Team All-Star and Hockey East All-Tournament Team.[8] On March 28, 2017, Gambardella concluded his collegiate career by signing a two year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers for the 2017–18 season.[8] On April 3, 2017, the Edmonton Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, signed Gambardella to an amateur try-out agreement to conclude the 2016–17 season with them.[9]

Professional[edit]

Gambardella made his professional debut with the Condors on April 5, 2017, against the Texas Stars. He scored a goal and an assist in his debut however the Condors lost 4–3.[10] He ended his season with the Condors playing in six games and scoring three points.

On September 21, 2017, Gambardella was cut from the Oilers 2017 training camp and re-assigned to the Condors to begin the 2017–18 season.[11] He played the entire season with the Condors, scoring 19 points in 50 games.

After being cut from the Oiler training camp, Gambardella began the 2018–19 season in the AHL with the Condors.[12] On December 30, 2018, Gambardella earned his first NHL recall after playing in 28 games and collecting 21 points.[13] He made his NHL debut on December 31, 2018, in a 4–3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.[14]

On May 29, 2019, the Oilers re-signed Gambardella to a two-year contract extension.[15]

Personal life[edit]

While playing hockey in college, Gambardella started a youth training organization called Stride to Greatness. As a result of its success, the local arena was re-named the Joe Gambardella Training Centre.[16]

Gambardella's younger brother Christopher also played hockey.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 New Jersey Rockets AtJHL 3 0 1 1 0
2011–12 New Jersey Rockets AtJHL 24 21 7 28 25
2011–12 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 31 4 5 9 2
2012–13 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 48 15 21 36 26
2013–14 University of Massachusetts Lowell HE 41 5 5 10 8
2014–15 University of Massachusetts Lowell HE 38 14 16 30 6
2015–16 University of Massachusetts Lowell HE 40 10 27 37 2
2016–17 University of Massachusetts Lowell HE 41 18 34 52 22
2016–17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 6 1 2 3 0
2017–18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 50 13 6 19 16
2018–19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 50 29 19 48 19 10 6 4 10 0
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 0 3 3 2
NHL totals 15 0 3 3 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year Ref
College
Len Ceglarski Award 2016, 2017 [18]
Walter Brown Award 2017 [7]
All-Hockey East Second Team 2017 [8]
All Tournament Team 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Joe Gambardella - Men's Ice Hockey". UMass Lowell Athletics.
  2. ^ Angioli, Carmine (January 19, 2013). "Hard knocks pay off for Joe Gambardella in United States Hockey League". silive.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Montesano, Scott (December 23, 2012). "Gambardella Headed to UMASS-Lowell". bucshockey.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Melz, Sam (March 13, 2013). "Beyond The Ice with Joe Gambardella". bucshockey.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "RIVER HAWKS NAME CAPTAINS FOR 2016-17 SEASON". goriverhawks.com. September 30, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "KEVIN BOYLE AND JOE GAMBARDELLA HONORED BY HOCKEY EAST". goriverhawks.com. March 16, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "JOE GAMBARDELLA WINS THE 65TH WALTER BROWN AWARD". goriverhawks.com. March 22, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "JOE GAMBARDELLA SIGNS WITH THE EDMONTON OILERS" (March 28, 2017). goriverhawks.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "CONDORS SIGN GAMBARDELLA & MANTHA". bakersfieldcondors.com. April 3, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Wescott, Chris (April 5, 2017). "BLOG: Gambardella scores in pro debut". NHL.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "OILERS MAKE CAMP CUTS". bakersfieldcondors.com. September 21, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "Oilers trim eight players from training camp roster". Edmonton Sun. September 20, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "GAMBARDELLA RECALLED BY OILERS". bakersfieldcondors.com. December 30, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Umbach, Jamie (January 1, 2019). "GAME STORY: Jets 4, Oilers 3". NHL.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019. Joe Gambardella played 5:57 in his NHL debut, while rookie defenceman Caleb Jones recorded a career high of 23:56.
  15. ^ "RELEASE: Oilers sign Gambardella to contract extension". Edmonton Oilers. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Matheson, Jim (September 7, 2018). "Edmonton Oilers farmhand Joe Gambardella is a hockey entrepreneur". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "Christopher Gambardella". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  18. ^ "GAMBARDELLA EARNS LEN CEGLARSKI SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD". goriverhawks.com. March 15, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2019.

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