Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Vitale
Joe Vitale was born on August 20, 1985 in St. Louis, Missouri. He played his collegiate hockey at Northeastern University and was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Vitale made his professional debut for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League in 2009 where he would spend the majority of the next two seasons.

In February of 2011, Vitale would make his NHL debut. He would see action in nine games for the Penguins during the 2010-11 season and score the first goal of his NHL career.

On July 1, 2014, Vitale would sign a three year contract with the Arizona Coyotes.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2003-04 St. Louis Jr. Blues CSJHL 43 21 29 50 42
2004-05 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 53 11 20 31 62 -4
2005-06 Northeastern University H-East 31 8 8 16 71
2006-07 Northeastern University H-East 35 7 9 16 54
2007-08 Northeastern University H-East 37 12 23 35 75
2008-09 Northeastern University H-East 40 7 20 27 68
2008-09 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 5 2 2 4 2 +3 12 0 0 0 12
2009-10 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 74 6 26 32 70 +3 4 0 2 2 0
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 1 1 2 13 -1
2010-11 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 60 9 21 30 64 +13 11 3 3 6 18
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 4 10 14 56 -5 4 0 0 0 12
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 2 3 5 17 -7 6 0 1 1 6
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 1 13 14 29 -1 13 0 0 0 4
2014-15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 70 3 6 9 36 -11
2015-16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 5 +1
NHL Totals 234 11 33 44 156 23 0 1 1 22


Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2008) Signed as a free agent by Arizona, July 1, 2014. Missed majority of 2015-16 due to upper-body injury vs. Boston, October 18, 2015. Traded to Detroit by Arizona with NY Rangers' 1st round pick (previously acquired, Detroit selected Dennis Cholowski) in 2016 NHL Draft and Arizona's 2nd round pick (Filip Hronek) in 2016 NHL Draft for Pavel Datsyuk and Detroit's 1st round pick (Jakob Chychrun) in 2016 NHL Draft, June 24, 2016.
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