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Rick DiPietro

Born:September 19, 1981Draft:2000 Islanders #1 Overall
Hometown:Winthrop, MAPosition:Goaltender
Known For:15-year contractCatches:Right
National Team:United States

Richard W. DiPietro Jr. (born September 19, 1981) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender and current co-host of ESPN 98.7 FM’s “DCR” with Chris Canty and Dave Rothenberg. On June 24, 2000, DiPietro became the first of two goaltenders in history selected first overall in an NHL Entry Draft when he was chosen by the New York Islanders, the second being Marc-André Fleury three years later.

In 2006, the team signed him to a groundbreaking 15-year, $67.5 million contract, but a string of injuries beginning in 2008, which limited him to 50 NHL appearances over the next five seasons, led to a contract buyout on July 2, 2013, with eight years remaining on his contract. DiPietro retired after being released by the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) on November 26, 2013, with whom he had signed a tryout contract on October 25. Multiple hockey writers consider him to be one of the biggest draft busts in NHL history. As a result of his contract buyout, the Islanders will continue to pay DiPietro $1.5 million until the end of the 2028–29 season.

Rick DiPietro (hockey32090/Flickr)

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Achievements

  • NHL All-Star Game (2008)
  • AHL All-Star Game (2002)
  • NCAA (Hockey East) Rookie of the Year (2000)
  • NCAA (New England) Most Valuable Player (2000)
  • U20 WJC All-Star Team (2000)
  • U20 WJC Best Goaltender (2000)

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