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Dino Ciccarelli
Dino Ciccarelli
Right Wing
Number: 22
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Born: Feb 8, 1960
Birthplace: Sarnia, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Washington for Kevin Miller on June 20, 1992.
Dino Ciccarelli was born February 8, 1960 in Sarnia, Ontario. A junior phenom with the London Knights, Ciccarelli spent four seasons in London, scoring 39 goals and 82 points as a 16-year-old rookie, earning a berth on the league's Second All-Star Team with a staggering 72 goals and 142 points in his second season and in his fourth and final year with the Knights, he scored 50 goals and 103 points. Dino's sweater number 8 was retired by the London Knights to commemorate his extraordinary contributions to the franchise between 1976 and 1980.

Having suffered a broken leg that hampered his burgeoning career at the age of 16 and considered too small to play in the NHL (5'10" and 185 pounds), Ciccarelli was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota North Stars in September 1979 and joined the NHL club during the 1980-81 season. While he played 32 games with the North Stars that season, Dino took the NHL by storm that spring with a dominating performance in the 1981 Stanley Cup playoffs. His 14 goals and 21 points in 19 games was a major contributor to Minnesota's march to the Stanley Cup final.

Ciccarelli built on his rookie success, scoring a career-high 106 points on the strength of 55 goals in his first full season. As a North Star, Dino not only developed into a consistent goal-scoring force, but he quickly established a reputation as a gritty, in-your-face forward, scoring the majority of his goals from the lip of the crease, and usually after absorbing considerable punishment from opposing defencemen and netminders.

In March of 1989, his ninth season with the North Stars, Ciccarelli was traded to the Washington Capitals with defenceman Bob Rouse for sniper Mike Gartner and offensive defenceman Larry Murphy. When he left Minnesota, Dino's 651 points were the fourth-most in club history.

Ciccarelli played his gritty style with Washington, and continued to score consistently. However, the team's repeated playoff failures caused Capitals' management to make changes and Ciccarelli was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Kevin Miller during the summer of 1992.

The Red Wings were a club with plentiful scoring, but they lacked a forward with Ciccarelli's grit and tenacity. Dino was an immediate hit in Motown, scoring 41 goals and 97 points in 1992-93. In the spring of 1995, Ciccarelli made his second trip to the Stanley Cup final, but Detroit fell to the New Jersey Devils, in spite of Dino's 9-goal output. In both 1995 and 1996, the Red Wings finished first overall, winning the Presidents' Trophy.

Dino was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth round draft pick in August 1996. His veteran presence inspired the Lightning and invigorated Dino, who rebounded from a couple of less-productive seasons with a 35-goal and 60-point campaign. Yet, despite his personal success, the team continued to flounder in the standings and in January 1998, Dino was traded to the cross-state Florida Panthers along with Jeff Norton for Mark Fitzpatrick and Jody Hull. In his eighteenth NHL season, Ciccarelli reached a personal milestone, scoring his 600th career goal.

The 1998-99 season was the last for Ciccarelli, who was limited to just 14 games after suffering a back injury against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 4, 1998. At season's end, the Panthers released Ciccarelli. Dino subsequently retired on August 31, 1999, ranked ninth in NHL history in goals scored. Through his NHL career, Dino played 1,232 regular season games, finishing with 608 goals and 592 assists for 1,200 points. In 141 playoff games, he scored 73 goals and added 45 assists for 118 points.

Dino Ciccarelli silenced critics who cited his size as a detriment to playing in the NHL, and in spite of having never been drafted by an NHL squad, he enjoyed a spectacular career, filled with fire, brimstone and points that earned him selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80