August 14, 1984
Kelowna, BC, CAN
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
San Jose Sharks
|Career||2005 β present|
Josh Gorges (born August 14, 1984 in Kelowna, British Columbia) is a professional ice hockey player currently with the Montreal Canadiens. After going undrafted, Gorges was signed as a free agent by San Jose in 2002. 2005β06 was his first season in the NHL. In 2004β05, he set the Cleveland Barons record for the fastest goal from the start of a game (20 seconds).
He played his junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, where he helped the Rockets to a Memorial Cup championship in 2004 as their captain. He was also the captain for the WHL in the Canada-Russia challenge in November 2003. Gorges was also a member of Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a silver medal.
In 2003, NHL.com wrote an article about him, praising him for his work ethic and for exceedings expectations at every level. Hockeysfuture calls him "a solid skater with adequate speed" who "is a good puckmoving defenceman who's effective on the power play with a decent point shot and playmaking abilities". What Gorges lacks in size and strength, he makes up for with his discreet and efficient abilities. Hockeysfuture projects him as a future #3 or #4 defenceman.
On July 9, 2008, Gorges signed a three-year contract worth US$3.3 million with the Canadiens.
Gorges scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings on January 4, 2007, and didn't score until November 24, 2008 against the New York Islanders, making it his first goal in a Canadiens uniform.
Gorges is nicknamed "the Boss", as in Josh the Boss Gorges.
At every game, right before he steps on the ice, Gorges does the Sign of the Cross.
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