Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro was born September 19, 1981 in Winthrop, MA. The first round, first overall selection of the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, DiPietro played one season at Boston University before opting to turn pro after the 1999-00 NCAA season.

In his only season at BU DiPietro set an NCAA record with 77 saves in one game (3-2 loss in four overtimes). Hockey East's rookie of the year, DiPietro was selected to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team and the league's All-Rookie Team. Voted the MVP at the 2000 Beanpot Tournament, the young netminder captured MVP, Top Rookie and First Team All-Star honours at the New England Awards.

On the international stage DiPietro is a two-time member of the U.S. World Junior team (2000-2001), earning Best Goaltender honours and was named to the Tournament's All-Star Team in 2000. A member of Team Massachusetts in the 1998 US Select Tournament, DiPietro won a silver medal with Team USA at the 1998 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

Described as an aggressive and feisty goaltender with a very competitive and strong personality, DiPietro handles the puck extremely well for a goaltender and is a butterfly style goaltender.

In 2000-01 DiPietro split the season with the Islanders and the IHL's Chicago Wolves and over the course of the next two seasons has seen most of his action with the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport Sound before becoming the number one guy in 2003-04. In his first full season with the club, DiPietro registered a 23-18-5 record and was named to Team USA for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

In the summer of 2006, DiPietro signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract with the Islanders. It is the longest official NHL contract ever to be signed, and one of the longest in professional sport.

Aside from his World Junior and World Cup experience, DiPietro represented his homeland at the World Championships (2001 and 2005), and the Winter Olympics (2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1996-97 St. Sebastian's Arrows High-MA
1997-98 U.S. National Team Development Program U-17 10 6 4 0 0 2.33
1997-98 U.S. National Team Development Program USHL 3 0 2 0 0 4.09
1997-98 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 30 13 12 0 1 3.18 3 2 1 1 2.35
1997-98 St. Sebastian's Arrows High-MA
1998-99 U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 16 9 5 1 2.69
1998-99 U.S. National Team Development Program USHL 30 22 6 1 3 2.32
1998-99 United States WJ18-A 4 1 3.25
1999-00 Boston University Terriers H-East 29 18 5 5 2 2.45
1999-00 United States WJC-A 5 2 2 1 1 1.81
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 20 3 15 1 0 3.49
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 14 4 5 2 0 3.39
2000-01 United States WJC-A 6 5 1 0 1 1.33
2000-01 United States WC-A 3 0 2.68
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 59 30 22 7 4 2.32 20 12 8 3 2.13
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 10 2 5 2 0 2.97 1 0 0 0 0.00
2002-03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 34 16 10 8 3 2.14 5 2 3 1 2.01
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 50 23 18 5 5 2.36 5 1 4 1 2.18
2003-04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 2 0 2 0 0 1.51
2004-05 United States W-Cup 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
2004-05
2004-05 United States WC-A 4 2 2 0 1 1.68
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 63 30 24 5 1 3.02
2005-06 United States Olympics 4 1 3 0 0 2.28
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 62 32 19 9 5 2.58 4 1 3 0 3.31
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 63 26 28 7 3 2.82
2008-09 New York Islanders NHL 5 1 3 0 0 3.52
2009-10 New York Islanders NHL 8 2 5 0 1 2.60
2009-10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 4 1 2 0 0 3.31
2010-11 New York Islanders NHL 26 8 14 4 1 3.44
2011-12 New York Islanders NHL 8 3 2 3 0 3.73
2012-13 SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen German-2 1 0 1 0 0 3.03
2012-13 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 3 0 0 4.09
2012-13 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 18 9 9 0 1 2.93
2013-14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 5 0 4 0 0 5.18
NHL Totals 318 130 136 36 16 2.87 10 2 7 1 2.59


WJC-A All-Star Team (2000)
WJC-A Best Goaltender (2000)Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2000)
Hockey East Rookie of the Year (2000) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2008)
Missed majority of 2008-09 and 2009-10 due to arthroscopic knee surgery, October 31, 2008. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to groin, hernia and knee injuries. Signed as a free agent by Riessersee (German-2), October 10, 2012. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Charlotte (AHL), October 26, 2013. Released by Charlotte (AHL), November 26, 2013.