Habs acquire Josh Gorges from Sharks

By League Press Release

Canadiens Press Release

MONTREAL – Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Sunday the acquisition of defenseman Josh Gorges and the San Jose Sharks’ first round pick in 2007, in return for defenseman Craig Rivet and a 5th round pick in 2008.

Gorges, 22, is currently playing in his second season in the National Hockey League. This season with the Sharks, he played in 47 games, registered four points (one goal, three assists) and 26 penalty minutes. He averages 17:47 minutes of ice time per game. In 96 career regular season games, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defenseman registered 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and 57 penalty minutes. In his rookie season in 2005-06, he played in all 11 playoff games with the Sharks and collected one assist.

Gorges, a native of Kelowna, British Columbia, joined the Sharks as a free agent on September 20, 2002. In his first season as a professional with Cleveland in the AHL in 2004-05, he was named the Barons’ Rookie of the Year.

Gorges played his junior hockey in Kelowna in the “/teams/whl” id=”HFlink” class=”HFlinkstyle”>WHL, from 2000 to 2004. He totaled 152 career points in 245 regular season games with the Rocket (33 goals, 119 assists). As team captain, he led Kelowna to the Memorial Cup Championship in 2004, receiving the George Parsons Trophy (Tournament Most Sportsmanlike Player). He helped Team Canada capture the silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Championship. He was also named to WHL All-Star Teams twice (2004 and 2003).

Craig Rivet is currently playing in his 12th season in the NHL. He was the active player with the most games played in the Canadiens uniform with 692, including 653 regular season games (27th rank in team history). In regular season, the North Bay native registered 151 points (39 goals, 112 assists) and 795 penalty minutes (16th rank in team history).