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Dino Ciccarelli
Born February 8, 1960 (1960-02-08) (age 62)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Florida Panthers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1980–1999
Hall of Fame, 2010

Dino Ciccarelli (born Dino L. Ciccarelli on February 8, 1960) is a Canadian former professional hockey player who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), primarily with the Minnesota North Stars, but also notably with the Detroit Red Wings (with whom he had his third-highest scoring season).

He scored 1,200 points in his NHL career.

Dino's 608 career NHL goals are also the most goals scored by a draft-eligible player who was not drafted by an NHL team. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

Playing Career[]

Sarnia Bees[]

Dino grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Sarnia, Ontario in the Southwestern Ontario Minor Hockey League of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.

He made Sarnia's Jr. 'B' hockey team as a 15-year-old in the fall of 1975 and ended up leading it in scoring with 45 goals and 43 assists for 88 points in just 40 games.

Dino is one of two Sarnia Jr. 'B' graduates to go on to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame (the other being Phil Esposito, who led the Sarnia Legionnaires in scoring in 1961).

London Knights[]

Dino joined the London Knights of the OMJHL as a 16-year-old for the 1976-77 season.

In his first season with the Knights, he had 39 goals and 82 points in 66 games, finishing fifth in team scoring.

In the playoffs, Dino had 11 goals and 24 points in 20 games as London lost to the Ottawa 67's in the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals.

In his second season with the Knights in 1977-78, Dino scored a league high 72 goals, and added 70 assists for 142 points which was third highest total in the OMJHL.

In the post-season, he contributed six goals and 16 points in nine games.

After the season, Dino was awarded the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy, which is given to the highest scoring right winger in the OMJHL.

Injuries cut short Dino's 1978-79 season, as he appeared in only 30 games, scoring eight goals and 19 points. In seven playoff games, he scored three goals and eight points.

After not being selected in the NHL Entry Draft, Dino signed a contract with the Minnesota North Stars on September 28, 1979.

The North Stars kept him with the Knights for the 1979-80 season and he rebounded, scoring 50 goals and 103 points. In five games in the playoffs, he scored two goals, and finished with eight points.

Minnesota North Stars[]

Dino made his professional hockey debut with the Oklahoma City Stars of the CHL at the end of the 1979-80 season. In six games with Oklahoma City, he had three goals and five points.

Dino spent most of the 1980-81 season with Oklahoma City, playing in 48 games, scoring 32 goals and 57 points. He was brought up to the National Hockey League, and in 32 games with the Minnesota North Stars, he had 18 goals and 30 points.

In the playoffs, Dino scored 14 goals and 21 points in 19 games as the North Stars lost to the New York Islanders in the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals.

He spent the entire 1981-82 with the North Stars, playing in 76 games, scoring a team high 55 goals while earning 106 points for the season.

During the season, Dino played in the 1982 NHL All-Star Game, hosted by the Washington Capitals with the Campbell Conference where he assisted on a goal by Wayne Gretzky in a 4-2 loss to the Wales Conference. In the playoffs, he had three goals and four points in four games.

Dino saw a decrease in offensive production during the 1982-83 season, scoring 37 goals and 75 points in 77 games, which was 18 fewer goals and 31 less points than the previous season. He did appear in the 1983 NHL All-Star Game, hosted by the New York Islanders.

Dino had a goal and an assist as the Campbell Conference defeated the Wales Conference 9-3. In the post-season, he appeared in nine games, scoring four goals and 10 points.

Dino had another solid season with Minnesota in 1983-84, scoring 38 goals and 71 points in 79 games, helping the North Stars into the playoffs once again.

In 16 playoff games, he had four goals and nine points, as the North Stars lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Campbell Conference finals.

Injuries cut Dino's season short in 1984-85, playing only in 51 games. He scored 15 goals and 32 points, making it his lowest point total since his rookie season in 1980-81 and the lowest goal total of his NHL career.

In nine playoff games, Dino had three goals and six points.

He had a healthy 1985-86 season, playing in 75 games. He led the North Stars with 44 goals while finishing second in points with 89, which were his highest totals since 1981-82.

In five playoff games, Dino was held to an assist.

In 1986-87, Dino improved his offensive numbers once again, scoring 52 goals and 103 points in 80 games which both led the club in scoring. The North Stars struggled during the season, and failed to qualify for the post season.

Dino had his third straight 40+ goal season in 1987-88, as he once again led Minnesota with 41 goals and 86 points in 67 games. It was another tough season for the team though, as they missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

In the 1988-89 season, Dino made his first all-star game appearance in six years, as he played with the Campbell Conference in the 1989 NHL All-Star Game held in Edmonton, Alberta.

In the game, he assisted on a goal by Steve Yzerman as the Campbell Conference won the game over the Wales Conference by a score of 9-5. Overall with Minnesota, Ciccarelli played in 65 games, scoring 32 goals and 59 points.

On March 7, 1989, the North Stars traded Dino and Bob Rouse to the Washington Capitals for Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy.

Washington Capitals[]

Dino finished the 1988-89 season with the Washington Capitals.Playing in 11 games, he scored 12 goals and 15 points, helping the team into the playoffs. He played his first game as a Capital on March 8, 1989, getting no points in a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

On March 11, 1989, Dino scored his first goal with Washington, scoring against John Vanbiesbrouck in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. On March 18, 1989, he had a four goal, seven point game in a huge 8-2 victory over the Hartford Whalers.

On April 5, 1989, Dino appeared in his first playoff game with the Capitals, getting no points in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored his first playoff goal with Washington on April 6, 1989, scoring against Ron Hextall in a 3-2 loss.

Dino played in six games, scoring three goals and six points as the Capitals were eliminated by the Flyers.

In Dino's first full season with the Capitals, he scored 41 goals in 1989-90, which marked his fifth consecutive season of 40+ goals while finishing with a team high 79 points. He had a four goal game against the Quebec Nordiques on February 6, 1990 in a 12-2 victory.

In the playoffs, Dino had eight goals and 11 points in eight games before suffering an injury on April 21, 1990 against the New York Rangers that would end his season.

He had a hat trick in the playoffs, scoring three goals and an assist against the New Jersey Devils in a 5-4 overtime win on April 5, 1990.

Dino missed 26 games during the 1990-91, in which he scored 21 goals and 39 points, his lowest totals since 1984-85. He did score a hat trick against the Edmonton Oilers on February 8, 1991 in a 6-3 win.

Dino was productive in the playoffs, scoring five goals and nine points in 11 games.

Dino rebounded in the 1991-92 season as he scored 38 goals (which was a team high) while earning 76 points, helping the Capitals into the playoffs once again. In the playoffs, he had a four goal game on April 25, 1992 as Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2.

In seven games, Dino scored five goals and nine points. On June 20, 1992, he was traded from the Capitals to the Detroit Red Wings for Kevin Miller.

Detroit Red Wings[]

On October 6, 1992, Dino made his debut with the Detroit Red Wings, getting no points in a 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

On October 8, 1992, Dino earned his first goal as a Red Wing, scoring against Kelly Hrudey of the Los Angeles Kings in a 5-3 victory. He finished his first season with Detroit with 41 goals and 97 points, which were both the second highest totals on the team.

Dino's 97 points were his highest since 1986-87, when he recorded 103 with the Minnesota North Stars.

In the playoffs, Dino played in his first game with the Red Wings on April 19, 1993, earning an assist in a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On April 27, 1993, he scored his first playoff goal as a member of the Red Wings against Felix Potvin in a 5-4 loss to the Maple Leafs.

On April 29, 1993, Dino had a hat trick for the Red Wings in a 7-3 win over Toronto. Overall, he appeared in seven playoff games, scoring four goals and six points.

In the 1993-94 season, Dino saw his point total decline by 40 as he scored 28 goals and 57 points in 66 games. He did have a six point game against the Vancouver Canucks on April 5, 1994, scoring four goals and adding two assists in an 8-3 victory.

In the post-season, Dino had five goals and seven points in seven games.

With a shortened 1994-95 due to the lockout, Dino appeared in 42 games, scoring 16 goals and 43 points, which placed him third in team scoring. He had a four assist game against the Winnipeg Jets on March 22, 1995 in a 6-3 win.

In the playoffs, Dino had a hat trick against the Dallas Stars on May 11, 1995 in a 5-1 victory. He finished the playoffs with nine goals and 11 points in 16 games, as the Red Wings lost to the New Jersey Devils in the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals.

In 1995-96, Dino scored 22 goals and 43 points in 64 games, helping the Red Wings set an NHL record for wins in a season with 62. In the post-season, he had six goals and eight points in 17 games.

On August 27, 1996, the Red Wings traded Dino to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth round draft pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Tampa Bay Lightning[]

On October 5, 1996, Dino played his first game as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, getting a goal and two points in a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On November 8, 1996, he had a hat trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-5 tie.

Dino played in the 1997 NHL All-Star Game held in San Jose, California where he had an assist for the Eastern Conference in an 11-7 win over the Western Conference. He finished the 1996-97 season playing in 77 games, scoring a team high 35 goals, while earning 60 points.

Dino began the 1997-98 season with the Lightning, he played in 34 games with Tampa Bay, scoring 11 goals and 17 points.

On January 15, 1998, the Lightning traded him and Jeff Norton to the Florida Panthers for Mark Fitzpatrick and Jody Hull.

Florida Panthers[]

On January 21, 1998, Dino played his first game with the Florida Panthers. He scored his first goal with Florida on January 24, 1998 against Kelly Hrudey of the San Jose Sharks in a 1-1 tie. He finished the season with five goals and 16 points in 28 games with the Panthers.

Dino sustained an injury plagued 1998-99 season as he missed the majority of the season after suffering a back injury against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 4, 1998. He played in only 14 games, scoring six goals and seven points.

On August 31, 1999, Dino announced his retirement.

Career Statistics[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 London Knights OMJHL 66 39 43 82 45 20 11 13 24 14
1977–78 London Knights OMJHL 68 72 70 142 49 9 6 10 16 6
1978–79 London Knights OMJHL 30 8 11 19 35 7 3 5 8 0
1979–80 London Knights OMJHL 62 50 53 103 72 5 2 6 8 15
1979–80 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 6 3 2 0
1980–81 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 48 32 25 57 45
1980–81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 32 18 12 30 29 19 14 7 21 25
1981–82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 55 51 106 138 4 3 1 4 2
1982–83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 77 37 38 75 94 9 4 6 10 11
1983–84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 38 33 71 58 16 4 5 9 27
1984–85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 51 15 17 32 41 9 3 3 6 8
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 44 45 89 51 5 0 1 1 6
1986–87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 52 51 103 88
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 67 41 45 86 79
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 65 32 27 59 64
1988–89 Washington Capitals NHL 11 12 3 15 12 6 3 3 6 12
1989–90 Washington Capitals NHL 80 41 38 79 122 8 8 3 11 6
1990–91 Washington Capitals NHL 54 21 18 39 66 11 5 4 9 22
1991–92 Washington Capitals NHL 78 38 38 76 78 7 5 4 9 14
1992–93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 41 56 97 81 7 4 2 6 16
1993–94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 28 29 57 73 7 5 2 7 14
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 16 27 43 39 16 9 2 11 22
1995–96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 22 21 43 99 17 6 2 8 26
1996–97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 77 35 25 60 116
1997–98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 11 6 17 42
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 28 5 11 16 28
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 14 6 1 7 27
OMJHL totals 226 169 177 346 201 41 22 34 56 35
NHL totals 1232 608 592 1200 1425 141 73 45 118 211

International Play[]

Dino played with Canada at various international events during his career.

At the 1980 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Helsinki, Finland, he had five goals and six points in five games as Canada finished in fifth place.

At the 1982 IIHF World Hockey Championship held in Finland, Dino had two goals and three points in nine games, as the Canadians won the Bronze Medal.

Dino also played in the 1987 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Austria, getting four goals and six points in 10 games as Canada finished in fourth place.


  • OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1978)
  • NHL All-Star Game (1982, 1983, 1989, 1997)
  • World Ice Hockey Championships bronze medalist (1983)

Hall of Fame[]

In 2010, Dino was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, eight years after he first became eligible. Press reports speculated that his criminal activity was the reason it took him years to gain entrance.

His junior team, the London Knights, also retired his number 8.

Personal Life[]

Dino owned the nightclub Club 22 in Shelby Charter Township (named for the jersey number he wore with the Capitals, Red Wings, Lightning and Panthers). It was closed in 2011.

Shortly after closing, Dino opened a sports bar in the same location. The name of the establishment is Ciccarelli's Sports Bar Theater, named after the "theater" style atmosphere.

He has since opened two additional sports bars: one across from the Palace of Auburn Hills; and the other at the site of the former Post Bar in downtown Detroit, near Cobo Center.

The Detroit location is only open for Red Wings home games and other special events.


Dino's career featured some controversial moments, both on and off the ice.

In 1987, he pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and received probation.

On January 6, 1988 in a game played at Maple Leaf Gardens, Dino attacked then-Maple Leafs rookie defenceman Luke Richardson with his stick. As a result of this incident, he was convicted of assault, fined $1,000 and was sentenced to a day in jail.