Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul DiPietro
As a young junior star in Ontario, Paul DiPietro was a scoring star, but he always faced the criticism that his size would prevent him from succeeding in the rough-and-tumble NHL. Despite four strong offensive seasons in major junior hockey, DiPietro was selected in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens in 1990, 102nd overall. Clearly there were not 101 players with more talent than DiPietro in that draft, but virtually all of those selected above him had more size than the 5'9" 180-pounder.

DiPietro joined the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL at the age of 16, playing 49 games, scoring five goals and eleven assists. With full-time duty in 1987-88, he scored 25 goals and 42 assists for 67 points in 63 games. He followed that up with a 79-point season, but it was his final year in 1989-90 when DiPietro really lit up the scoreboard, pumping in 56 goals and 63 assists for 119 points.

DiPietro would put in his dues with the Montreal Canadiens farm team in Fredericton for a season-and-a-half. It was clear he had the ability to put the puck in the net, scoring 65 times in 121 games, while racking up 127 points. That point per game average earned him a spot with the NHL club midway through the 1991-92 season. He found the game much faster at the NHL level and in 33 games managed just four goals and six assists.

In his only full season with Montreal, dressing for 70 games, DiPietro tallied 13 goals and 20 assists. Those were decent numbers, but not impressive enough to keep the Canadiens from sending him off to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1995. His stay in Toronto was quite short-lived and he found himself toiling in the minors much of the time.

The final NHL stop for DiPietro came in the 1996-97 season when he suited up for six games with the Los Angels Kings. After stops in Phoenix and Cincinnati of the now-defunct IHL, DiPietro picked up and moved to Europe where he continues to play.

On the international stage, DiPietro represented Switzerland at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2005, 2007 & 2008 World Championships.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Sault Ste. Marie Legion NOHA 38 33 25 58 87
1986-87 Sudbury Wolves OHL 49 5 11 16 13
1987-88 Sudbury Wolves OHL 63 25 42 67 27
1988-89 Sudbury Wolves OHL 57 31 48 79 27
1989-90 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 56 63 119 57 7 3 6 9 7
1990-91 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 78 39 31 70 38 9 5 6 11 2
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 4 6 10 25 +5
1991-92 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 43 26 31 57 52 7 3 4 7 8
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 29 4 13 17 14 +11 17 8 5 13 8
1992-93 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 26 8 16 24 16
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 13 20 33 37 -2 7 2 4 6 2
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 4 5 9 4 -3
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 1 1 2 6 -6 7 1 1 2 0
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 4 4 8 4 -3
1995-96 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 2 2 4 0
1995-96 Houston Aeros IHL 36 18 23 41 44
1995-96 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 13 5 6 11 10 13 4 8 12 16
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 1 0 1 6 -2
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 33 9 20 29 32
1996-97 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 32 15 14 29 28 3 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Kassel Huskies Germany 48 20 32 52 16
1998-99 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 45 38 44 82 22 15 6 12 18 22
1999-00 EV Zug Swiss 45 20 34 54 58 10 3 5 8 10
1999-00 Canada Nat-Tm 4 0 3 3 0
2000-01 EV Zug Swiss 43 26 29 55 34 4 2 0 2 27
2001-02 EV Zug Swiss 42 20 23 43 45 6 6 3 9 4
2002-03 HC Milano Italy 1 0 2 2 0
2002-03 EV Zug Swiss 42 14 28 42 51
2003-04 EV Zug Swiss 46 14 23 37 10 3 1 0 1 2
2004-05 HC Lugano Swiss 1 0 1 1 2 4 1 0 1 2
2004-05 Switzerland WC-A 7 1 2 3 6 -1
2005-06 EV Zug Swiss 42 9 26 35 28 7 2 4 6 0
2005-06 Switzerland Olympics 6 3 0 3 0 +2
2006-07 EV Zug Swiss 41 22 25 47 36 12 3 4 7 10
2006-07 Switzerland WC-A 7 3 2 5 2
2007-08 EV Zug Swiss 50 12 29 41 30 7 2 2 4 6
2007-08 Switzerland WC-A 7 1 4 5 2 -1
2008-09 EV Zug Swiss 50 11 22 33 42
2009-10 EV Zug Swiss 49 9 14 23 16
2011-12 SCL Tigers Langnau Swiss 17 5 5 10 6 4 2 2 4 14
NHL Totals 192 31 49 80 96 31 11 10 21 10


Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Phoenix's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Montreal selected Kim Staal) in 1996 NHL Draft, April 6, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 23, 1996.
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