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Rick DiPietro
Born September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19) (age 40)
Winthrop, Massachusetts, U.S
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
Played for New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2000
New York Islanders
Playing career 2000–2013

Rick DiPetro (born Richard W. DiPietro Jr. on September 19, 1981) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender.

Rick became just the second goaltender selected first overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft when he was chosen by the New York Islanders.

Playing Career[]

As a youth, Rick played in the 1994 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Beverly, Massachusetts.


Rick attended Saint Sebastian's School. He played one season (1999–2000) with Boston University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Hockey East. In that one year, he was named to the All-Rookie Team, named Second Team All-Hockey East, awarded the team's co-MVP and was named Hockey East's Rookie of the Year.

In addition, Rick nearly set the NCAA record for most saves in a game when he stopped 77 out of 80 shots in a 3–2 quadruple overtime loss to St. Lawrence University during the NCAA regional final.

In his one and only Beanpot Tournament, he was named MVP and won the Eberly Trophy awarded to the tournament's top goaltender.


Rick was drafted first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, out of Boston University, prompting them to trade Roberto Luongo.

Islanders general manager Mike Milbury traded Luongo so that he could draft the highly-touted goaltender known for his mobility and puckhandling skills. Rick was the fourth American to occupy the top draft position in the NHL Entry Draft.

A groin injury during training camp resulted in him starting the season with the Chicago Wolves, the Islanders minor league affiliate in the International Hockey League (IHL). He was subsequently called up twice to join the Islanders, but he did not play a game until January 27, 2001, when he made his debut against the Buffalo Sabres.

Though his NHL debut was widely anticipated, Rick played 20 games in the 2000–01 season and managed to post just three wins against 15 losses for a struggling Islanders team. He played ten games the next season (as well as one playoff game) before being called up permanently in the 2003–04 season. His goals against average (GAA) decreased from 3.49 in the 2000–01 season to 2.36 in the 2003–04 season.

On September 12, 2006, Rick signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract with the Islanders, topping former teammate Alexei Yashin's contract signed before the start of the 2001–02 season of 10 years.

Newsday reported that the team offered him a 15-year contract in September 2005, but the NHL front office discouraged the Islanders from making such an offer. Instead, he signed on a one-year deal with the team.

Rick's contract (the longest under the 2005 NHL collective bargaining agreement) was nearly superseded in 2010. During the 2010 off-season, the New Jersey Devils attempted to sign Ilya Kovalchuk to a 17-year contract, but that offer was rejected by the NHL on the grounds of salary cap circumvention.

On March 5, 2007, he broke an Islanders franchise record by making 56 saves in a 2–1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. The previous record was 55 saves, held by both Felix Potvin and Billy Smith. (The record was later broken by Dwayne Roloson in 2009).

On March 13, 2007, Rick suffered a concussion after a collision with Montreal Canadiens forward Steve Begin when he raced out to poke-check a puck at the blueline at 15:41 of the first period.

He returned for four games but then missed the rest of the regular season after he sustained another concussion in game against the Rangers. He returned to play games two through five of the Islanders' first round playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres.

The concussion was the start of a string of injuries. Rick underwent surgery in the 2007 off season to fix a torn labrum in his hip. In 2007, he expressed a desire to become more of a team leader. He said, "I'm a competitive person, and I have a tendency to have a short fuse with guys sometimes. That's something, as a leader, that you just can't do."

On November 19, 2007, Rick got his 100th NHL career win when the Islanders beat the New York Rangers 2–1. He was selected to appear in his first and only All-Star Game in 2008 as a reserve, but was later named the starter after New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur dropped out.

During the Skills Competition the night before, Rick injured his hip during the Shootout Competition. He continued to play until the Islanders no longer had a chance to make the playoffs and on March 19, it was announced that he would miss the remainder of the 2007–08 season because of the hip surgery.

On June 3, 2008, Rick went on a Sirius satellite radio show being hosted by "Bubba the Love Sponge," where he told Bubba he would be undergoing knee surgery later that day. The surgery was done on the meniscus in his left knee.

He sat out the first four games of the 2008–09 season (or, controversially, was on the bench as the backup) before starting the team's fifth game in Florida. He played two games after that, but left after the first period his third game back.

After that, Rick was placed on injured reserve for an "undisclosed lower body injury." On November 1, it was announced he had undergone another knee surgery after injuring his meniscus. It is unknown whether it is the same knee that was operated on earlier that year.

Rick returned to the team on December 26, 2008. He won his first game back and earned an assist, which broke Billy Smith's team record for points by a goaltender. On January 20, 2009, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow announced that DiPietro would miss the rest of the 2008–09 season due to post-arthroscopic surgical swelling in his right knee.

On January 8, 2010, rick returned from injury in a 4–3 loss to the Dallas Stars. His last start of 2010 came against the Carolina Hurricanes on February 6. He earned his fifth loss in seven starts, as the Islanders fell 3–1.

On February 13, Rick was listed as day-to-day with the flu, and less than a month later, swelling in his left-knee caused him to be placed on the injured reserve list effective March 2, 2010; he did not return for the rest of the season.

Rick began the 2010–11 season apparently healthy and worked in a "platoon" tandem with Dwayne Roloson.

On December 21, 2010, he was placed on injured reserve, however, due to knee swelling. He returned in December, though due to the strong play of Roloson, he was primarily used as a backup.

He made his first start since returning on December 29 in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rick and the Islanders defeated Pittsburgh in a 2–1 shootout decision behind his sharp play.

On December 31, the Islanders traded Roloson to the Tampa Bay Lightning, confirming the starting job for Rick.

On February 2, 2011, In his first game against the Penguins since his shootout win, he engaged in a rare "goaltender fight" against Pittsburgh's Brent Johnson in the final seconds of the game. He was knocked out and had his jaw broken by a single punch to the face by Johnson.

The injuries kept Rick off the ice for weeks; it is not known if the knee swelling was from the fight or another reason. He returned shortly to finish the season, wearing the old helmet and cage combo worn by former Islanders goaltender Chris Osgood.

The start of the 2011–12 season featured Rick in a three-way tandem with Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov. Due to a strong pre-season and his performances in DiPietro's absence the previous year, Montoya started the first two games and DiPietro was the backup.

During practice for the Islanders' third game, Rick took a hard shot to his mask from Brian Rolston, which concussed him and sidelined him indefinitely. He returned to action in late October, returning to the more conventional one piece goaltender mask he sported for the majority of his career.

On November 5, 2011, Rick made 25 saves to earn his first win of the 2011–12 season. Shortly after, he injured his groin and was again out indefinitely; he later required surgery to repair a hernia in the area, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

After playing only three games in the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Rick was waived by the Islanders and was sent to their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He had eight years remaining on his NHL contract. He started his first game as a member of the Sound Tigers on March 1, 2013.

Rick allowed two goals on the first two shots of the game and five in the first period. He did not return from the locker room for the second period of play as the game eventually ended 7–3 in favor of the opposing Connecticut Whale.

Rick's series of injuries during the latter part of his NHL career earned him the nickname "Rickety".

On July 1, 2013, the Islanders announced that Rick would be placed on unconditional waivers and have the remainder of his contract bought out on a compliance.

The buyout was completed 2 days later with Rick agreeing to be paid 2/3s of the $36 million he would have been owed over the next 8 years at a rate of $1.5 million per year over the next 16 years.

On October 25, 2013, Rick signed a professional tryout contract with the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, Charlotte Checkers, playing in his first game 5 days later in which he stopped 25 of 29 shots in a 5–2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was cut by the Checkers on November 26, 2013.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
1997–98 U.S. National Development Team USDP 43 19 18 0 2519 124 1 3.18 3 2 1 179 7 1 2.35
1998–99 U.S. National Development Team USHL 30 22 6 1 1733 67 3 2.32 .907
1999–00 Boston University HE 30 18 5 5 1791 73 1 2.45 .913
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 20 3 15 1 1083 63 0 3.49 .878
2000–01 Chicago Wolves IHL 14 4 5 2 778 44 0 3.39 .880
2001–02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 59 30 22 7 3472 134 4 2.32 .913 20 12 8 1270 45 3 2.13 .906
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 34 16 10 8 2044 73 3 2.14 .924 5 2 3 299 10 1 2.01 .925
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 10 2 5 2 585 29 0 2.97 .894 1 0 0 15 0 0 0.00 1.000
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 50 23 18 5 2844 112 5 2.36 .911 5 1 4 303 11 1 2.18 .908
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 2 0 2 0 119 3 0 1.51 .945
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 63 30 24 5 3572 180 1 3.02 .900
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 62 32 19 9 3627 156 5 2.58 .919 4 1 3 236 13 0 3.30 .898
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 63 26 28 7 3707 174 3 2.82 .902
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 5 1 3 0 256 15 0 3.52 .892
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 8 2 5 0 462 20 1 2.60 .901
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 4 1 2 0 199 11 0 3.31 .883
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 26 8 14 4 1533 88 1 3.44 .886
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 8 3 2 3 354 22 0 3.73 .875
2012–13 SC Riessersee 2.GBun 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.03 .856
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 3 0 176 12 0 4.09 .855
2012–13 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 18 9 9 0 1022 50 1 2.93 .893
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 5 0 4 0 220 19 0 5.18 .846
NHL totals 318 130 136 36 18,199 871 16 2.87 .902 10 2 7 554 24 1 2.60 .904

International Play[]

Rick made his international debut at the junior level for the United States at the 1999 IIHF World U18 Championships. He would then play in the two following World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2001, awarded in the former as the tournament's best goaltender and selected to the All-Star Team.

He made his full international debut soon after his WJC experience with the United States at the 2001 World Championships. He would go on to compete for Team USA in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2005 World Championships.

Along with former Islanders teammates Jason Blake and Mark Parrish, Rick was named to the United States national hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, in February 2006.

He was the U.S.' number one goaltender for the tournament, starting four of the team's six games. He played well, sporting a 2.28 GAA, but went 1–3 in the men's tournament.

Post-Playing Career[]

After retiring from hockey, Rick turned to radio hosting and is currently a talk show host in New York City at ESPN 98.7.


Award Year
All-HE Rookie Team 2000
All-HE Second Team 2000
HE Rookie of the Year 2000
(New England) MVP 2000
All-Star Game 2002
All-Star Game 2008
WJC Best Goaltender 2000
WJC All-Star Team 2000