Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Fitzgerald
Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, Fitzgerald was a scoring star at Austin Prep high school. The New York Islanders chose him 17th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, before spending two years at Providence College. Fitzgerald played 23 games as an NHL rookie in 1988-89. Most of his first two years were spent honing his skills in the AHL until he was more or less a regular by 1991-92.

Fitzgerald scored 27 points and was a key defensive player when the Islanders upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to reach the semi-finals in 1993. A few weeks later he was claimed by the Florida Panthers in the Expansion Draft and assumed greater responsibility with his new team. The hard working forward scored a career high 18 goals in the club's inaugural season in 1993-94. Two years later he scored eight points in 22 playoff games as the Panthers shocked the hockey world by reaching the Stanley Cup finals.

Late in the 1997-98 season, the Colorado Avalanche picked Fitzgerald up at the trading deadline. He was a solid player for them but was not resigned after Colorado failed to win the Stanley Cup. The expansion Nashville Predators signed him as a free agent and he became a team leader on the club as it held its own in the league.

A solid defensive player and penalty killer with the young Preds', Fitzgerald went on to play four seasons in Nashville before he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in the latter half of the 2001-02 season.

Fitzgerald's stay in Chicago was brief, as he would sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the off-season. After only two seasons in Toronto, Fitzgerald signed as an unrestricted free-agent with the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2004. Fitzgerald lived out a childhood dream in Boston, appearing in 71 games with his hometown Bruins.

In July 2006, the Boston Bruins opted not to renew Fitzgerald's contract. As a result, the veteran forward announced his retirement on September 12, 2006.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Austin Mustangs High-MA 18 20 21 41
1985-86 Austin Mustangs High-MA 24 35 38 73
1986-87 Providence College H-East 27 8 14 22 22
1986-87 United States WJC-A 7 3 0 3 2
1987-88 Providence College H-East 36 19 15 34 50
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 23 3 5 8 10 +1
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 61 24 18 42 43
1988-89 United States WEC-A 10 0 2 2 12
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 19 2 5 7 4 -3 4 1 0 1 4
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 53 30 23 53 32 14 2 9 11 13
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 41 5 5 10 24 -9
1990-91 Capital District Islanders AHL 27 7 7 14 50
1990-91 United States WEC-A 10 1 0 1 6
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 45 6 11 17 28 -3
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 4 1 1 2 4
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 77 9 18 27 34 -2 18 2 5 7 18
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 83 18 14 32 54 -3
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 48 3 13 16 31 -3
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 82 13 21 34 75 -3 22 4 4 8 34
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 71 10 14 24 64 +7 5 0 1 1 0
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 69 10 5 15 57 -4
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 2 1 3 22 0 7 0 1 1 20
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 19 32 48 -18
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 9 22 66 -18
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 9 9 18 71 -5
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 63 7 9 16 33 -4
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 1 3 4 6 -3 5 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 4 13 17 57 +10 7 0 1 1 4
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 7 10 17 52 -2 10 0 0 0 6
2004-05
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 71 4 6 10 40 -10
NHL Totals 1097 139 190 329 776 78 7 12 19 90


Claimed by Florida from NY Islanders in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to Colorado by Florida for the rights to Mark Parrish and Anaheim's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Florida selected Lance Ward) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 6, 1998. Traded to Chicago by Nashville for Chicago's 4th round choice (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Nathan Saunders) in 2003 Entry Draft and future considerations, March 13, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 17, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 28, 2004. Officially announced retirement, September 12, 2006.