Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rob DiMaio
Rob DiMaio was selected 118th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders from the Medicine hat Tigers of the WHL. DiMaio had a four-year junior career, which began at age 16 with the Kamloops Blazers in 1984. In his draft year, DiMaio averaged exactly a point a game, scoring 27 goals and 43 assists for 70 points in 70 games. His 130 minutes in penalties showed he was willing to mix it up with the bigger players if need be, and being a major contributor in winning the Memorial Cup didn't hurt his big-league aspirations, either. As a 19-year-old in his final year of junior, DiMaio put together a season of 47 goals and 44 assists for 91 points and, along with 17-year-old Trevor Linden, was a big reason why the Tigers were able to repeat as Memorial Cup champs, where he was named MVP of the tournament. In his second year of pro hockey, DiMaio was a member of the 1990 Calder Cup winning Springfield Indians in the AHL.

DiMaio made his NHL debut on January 8, 1989 and scored his first goal five nights later on January 13 against the New Jersey Devils. In 1991-92, he joined the NHL ranks full-time and scored seven points in 50 games.

On June 18, 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed DiMaio in the Expansion Draft. In his first season with his new team, he scored 24 points. In 1993-94, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Then, in the shortened 1994-95 season, he helped the Flyers win the Atlantic Division title and reach the playoffs for the first time in six years. In the playoffs, DiMaio scored six points in 15 games as the team advanced to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Devils. In 1995-96, he scored 21 points with the Flyers as they repeated as Atlantic Division title winners.

On September 30, 1996, the San Jose Sharks claimed the feisty forward in the Waiver Draft. That same day, he was traded to the Boston Bruins for a fifth round draft pick. In his first season with the Bruins, DiMaio scored 28 points including three short-handed goals. In 1997-98, he was a key contributor to the Bruins improving 30 points under Coach-of-the-Year Pat Burns.

In 1999-00, DiMaio was sent to the New York Rangers for Mike Knuble. In keeping with the trading theme, August 4, 2000, saw him traded with Darren Langdon to the Carolina Hurricanes. In 74 games that year with the Hurricanes, he scored 24 points.

In the summer of 2001, DiMaio signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars and has continued to play a grinding and gritty game in the Lone Star State. During the 2003-04 season, he surpassed the 800-game plateau before returning to Tampa Bay in the summer of 2005.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Calgary Royals AMHL
1984-85 Kamloops Blazers WHL 55 9 18 27 29 7 1 3 4 2
1985-86 Kamloops Blazers WHL 6 1 0 1 0
1985-86 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 55 20 30 50 82 22 6 6 12 39
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 70 27 43 70 130 20 7 11 18 46
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 4 1 5 17
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 54 47 43 90 120 14 12 19 31 59
1987-88 Canada WJC-A 7 1 0 1 10
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 4 5 9 21
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 16 1 0 1 30 -6
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 40 13 18 31 67
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 7 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 4
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 54 25 27 52 69 16 4 7 11 45
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Capital District Islanders AHL 12 3 4 7 22
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 50 5 2 7 43 -23
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 54 9 15 24 62 0
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 39 8 7 15 40 -5
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 3 5 8 6 +1
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 36 3 1 4 53 +8 15 2 4 6 4
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 6 15 21 58 0 3 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 72 13 15 28 82 -21
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 79 10 17 27 82 -13 6 1 0 1 8
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 71 7 14 21 95 -14 12 2 0 2 8
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 50 5 16 21 42 -1
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 3 4 8 -8
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 6 18 24 54 -14 6 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 61 6 6 12 25 -2
2001-02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 3 1 1 2 0 0
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 69 10 9 19 76 +18 12 1 4 5 10
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 69 9 15 24 52 +2 5 0 1 1 2
2004-05 SCL Tigers Langnau Swiss 9 2 3 5 8
2004-05 HC Milano Italy 9 4 8 12 4 15 9 11 20 20
2005-06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 61 4 13 17 30 -7 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 894 106 171 277 840 62 7 9 16 40


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1988)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) (1988)
Claimed by Tampa Bay from NY Islanders in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay for Jim Cummins and Philadelphia's 4th round pick (later traded back to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Radovan Somik) in 1995 NHL Draft, March 18, 1994. Claimed by San Jose from Philadelphia in Waiver Draft, September 30, 1996. Traded to Boston by San Jose for Boston's 5th round pick (Adam Nittel) in 1997 NHL Draft, September 30, 1996. Traded to NY Rangers by Boston for Mike Knuble, March 10, 2000. Traded to Carolina by NY Rangers with Darren Langdon for Sandy McCarthy and Carolina's 4th round pick (Bryce Lampman) in 2001 NHL Draft, August 4, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 1, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Langnau (Swiss), November 20, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Milano (Italy), December 20, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, August 9, 2005.
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