Born August 14, 1984 (age 27) in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens
This guy is having a good 2012! Josh played for his hometown’s WHL team, the Kelowna Rockets, and was undrafted before the San Jose Sharks signed him in 2002. He spent two more years with the Rockets, even leading the team as captain to win the Memorial Cup in 2004, before he went to the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons, for the 2004-05 season. When he made it to the Sharks team, he had a hard time adjusting (although he scored his first NHL goal in January 2007), and in 2007 was traded to Montreal along with Max Pacioretty.
His second NHL goal came as a Hab in November 2008 against the New York Islanders. Two years later, during a game with the Washington Capitals in February 2010, a slap shot from Mike Green hit Josh in the head, and he fell to the ice bleeding and motionless for a while. Eventually he made it to the bench, and he skated in practice the next day with no ill effects! He did so well in the 2010 playoffs that Don Cherry praised him by saying he should be the Habs’ captain someday. In February 2011, a knee injury and surgery kept him out of action for the rest of the season, but he decided to sign a one-year extension over the summer. Even better for Habs fans is that on New Year’s Day, he signed a six-year extension, so he’ll be in Montreal for a while longer.
The first time I’d heard Josh Gorges’ name was when Emma showed me the fight he had with Patrice Bergeron. I think Bergy definitely earned his first fighting major with this beatdown:
Concuss that, Josh.