16 June 2010

Alumni Spotlight: Rick DiPietro

Rick DiPietroThe Chicago Wolves have many players on their all-time roster who have made it big in the National Hockey League. Among them is Rick DiPietro, who was one of six goaltenders to backstop the Wolves during the 2000-01 season.

DiPietro was selected by the New York Islanders with the first overall choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, becoming the first goaltender and just the fourth American to be selected first overall. The young netminder made his NHL debut in the 2000-01 season and played in 20 games, accruing a 3-15-1 record, before being assigned to the Wolves for seasoning.

During his short time in Chicago, DiPietro played in 14 games, recording a 3.39 goals-against average, .880 save percentage and a 4-5-2 record. 

After leaving the Wolves in 2001, DiPietro spent two seasons with the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers before competing in his first full NHL season with New York in 2003-04.

In Sept. 2006, DiPietro signed a 15-year contract extension with the Islanders – the longest NHL contract ever to be signed. Shortly after signing that contract, DiPietro was named the starting goalie for the United States hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.

On Nov. 19, 2007, DiPietro picked up his 100th career-NHL victory when he backstopped the Islanders to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. A month later, he was named to his first NHL All-Star game. Unfortunately, DiPietro injured his hip prior to the game and was unable to compete. He has battled injuries ever since and has appeared in just 13 NHL games over the last two seasons as a result.

Overall, DiPietro has posted a 119-117-8 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.79 goals-against average in 281 career-NHL games. You can follow along with this Wolves alumnus by clicking here.