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).