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Nathan Gerbe
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Born July 24, 1987 (1987-07-24) (age 31)
Oxford, Michigan
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 142nd overall, 2005
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2008–present

Nathan Gerbe (born Nathan David Gerbe on July 24, 1987) is an American ice hockey player who is currently a player for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Buffalo Sabres.

At 5 feet, 5 inches tall, he is currently the shortest player in the NHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Nathan played for the Boston College Eagles of the Hockey East conference in the NCAA (wearing the number 9) and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the 142nd pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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.

Nathan was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in the same 2007–08 season.

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 began to call Nathan the "Tasmanian Devil," 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 confrontation with Daniel Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In an interview, Nathan revealed that he models his game based after Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Daniel Brire of the Montreal Canadiens, who are also known for their small size and on-ice ability.

On May 6, 2008, Nathan 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, 2008.

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, Nathan recorded his first NHL point against the New Jersey Devils by assisting a Drew Stafford goal.

Nathan was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year in the 2008–09 season of the AHL. He scored his first career goal on December 9, 2009, against the Washington Capitals.

On April 26, 2010, he scored his first playoff goal against the Boston Bruins.

On January 21, 2011, Nathan scored two goals in five seconds against the New York Islanders, setting a franchise record for the fastest two goals by one player. On June 29, 2011,he re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year deal worth $1.42 million per season.

Upon completion of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Nathan was placed on waivers by the Sabres on July 3, 2013, with the intention of buying out the remainder of his contract.

A free agent, he later agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 26, 2013.

On June 24, 2014, Nathan re-signed with the Hurricanes on a two-year, one-way contract. The deal pays him $1.5 million in 2014–15 and $2 million in 2015–16.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2005–06 Boston College HE 39 11 7 18 75
2006–07 Boston College HE 41 25 22 47 76
2007–08 Boston College HE 43 35 33 68 65
2008–09 Portland Pirates AHL 57 30 26 56 63 5 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 0 1 1 4
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 44 11 27 38 46 4 1 1 2 4
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 2 3 5 4 2 1 1 2 0
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 64 16 15 31 34 7 2 0 2 18
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 6 19 25 32
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 42 5 5 10 14
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 16 15 31 36
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 10 18 28 34
NHL totals 347 55 76 131 158 9 3 1 4 18

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WHC17 4th 5 5 5 10 4
2004 United States WJC18 Template:Sica 6 0 2 2 20
2005 United States WJC18 Template:Goca 6 4 4 8 14
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 0 0 0 6
2007 United States WJC Template:Brca 7 0 6 6 2
Junior totals 31 9 17 26 46

International PlayEdit

Medal record
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World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Mora
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold 2005 České Budějovice
Silver 2004 Minsk

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • All-Hockey East Second Team (2006–07)
  • All-NCAA All-Tournament Team (2007)
  • All-Hockey East First Team (2007–08)
  • AHCA East First-Team All-American (2007–08)
  • Hockey East All-Tournament Team (2008)
  • All-NCAA All-Tournament Team (2008)