Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | October 24, 2011

Man of the Day 10/24: Nathan Gerbe

Nathan David Gerbe

Born July 24, 1987 in Oxford, Michigan, USA

Left winger for the Buffalo Sabres

Let’s throw some love to western New York! Nate played for the USHL’s River City Lancers and the National Team Development Program as a teen, and he was chosen by Buffalo in the 2005 draft before heading to Boston College. During his last year there, he led the Eagles to the 2008 Frozen Four and ultimately the NCAA championship, and he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award for the NCAA’s top ice hockey player. He signed with the Sabres in May 2008 and was assigned to their AHL team in Portland, although he was called up for 10 games in the 2008-09 season.

During that time, he made his NHL debut on December 6, in which he played and won against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He earned his first point – an assist – a week later against the New Jersey Devils, and for his play with the Portland Pirates that season, he was awarded the Red Garrett Memorial Award for the AHL’s rookie of the year. He finally scored his first goal in December 2009 against the Washington Capitals, and his first playoff goal in April 2010 against the Boston Bruins. He achieved a special feat on January 21,2011 when he set a franchise record by scoring the fastest two goals in a game by one player – two goals against the New York Islanders in five seconds!

It's the little ones you gotta watch out for.

Nate’s the shortest player in the NHL, standing at 5’5″. Because of his size, he models his playing style after other vertically challenged guys like Martin St. Louis and Danny Briere (Sabres fans  gave Nate the nickname “Tasmanian Devil” because of his size and the fact that he’s a bit of a scrapper). The picture below compares Nate’s height to his teammate and fellow MotD Tyler Myers, who’s 6’8″. I’m only 5 feet even, so I’d look like even more of a midget next to TyMy than Nate. Hey, tack on an extra inchonto TyMy, and you’ve got Zdeno Chara’s height…eeesh.

Just, wow.

– Krista

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