Rick DiPietro
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 09/19/1981
DRAFTED: NYI: 2000-1 overall

Became the first goaltender to be selected first overall since the Universal Draft began in 1970, when chosen by the Islanders in the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Signed a 15-year contract with the Islanders on September 12, 2006.

Was limited to eight games during his 12th professional season with the Islanders, posting a 3-2-3 record...Suffered a concussion on Oct. 12 at practice and missed four games...Made his first appearance of the season, relieving Evgeni Nabokov in a shootout on Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh. He became the fifth goalie in NHL history to appear in a shootout during a game in which he had not played...Made his first start of the season on Oct. 29 vs. San Jose...Recorded an assist in his first win of the season on Nov. 6 vs. Washington, extending his streak to eight consecutive seasons with an assist...Earned his first career relief victory on Nov. 17 vs. Montreal...Suffered a groin injury on Dec. 3 at Dallas...Was placed on Injured Reserve with a sports hernia, which required surgery, and experienced knee swelling on Dec. 15 and missed the final 58 games of the season.


2010-11: Posted an 8-14-4 record with a 3.44 goals against average and a .886 save percentage in 26 appearances…Led Islanders goalies in games played and saves (685), while finishing second on the team in wins...Went 2-0-2 to earn points in his first four starts…Placed on Injured Reserve with right knee swelling on Dec. 22 and missed three games…Posted 37 saves, stopped a penalty shot (K. Letang) and denied 2-of-4 shootout attempts to top Pittsburgh on Dec. 29…Suffered an adductor injury on Jan. 3 at Calgary and missed five games…Returned to action on Jan. 15 vs. Buffalo and posted his fourth straight victory…Played in his 300th NHL/Islanders game on Jan. 23 vs. Buffalo…Recorded his first NHL fighting major (B. Johnson) on Feb. 2 vs. Pittsburgh and suffered facial fractures…Missed 20 games due to injury and returned to the lineup on Mar. 18 at Carolina, making his first start on Mar. 19 at Florida…Recorded his first assist of the season on Apr. 9 at Boston, extending his streak to seven straight seasons with an assist.

2009-10: Was limited to eight NHL games in his sixth full season with the Islanders...Missed the first 27 games of the season (Oct. 3 - Nov. 28) recovering from knee surgery...Played in four games for Bridgeport (American Hockey League) on a rehab assignment, posting a 1-2-0 record with a 3.31 GAA and a .883 save percentage...Made 31 saves to earn his first victory of the season, a 3-2 shootout victory over Buffalo on Jan. 16. It was his 10th consecutive home shootout win, which set an NHL record...Made 20 saves to earn a 4-0 shutout victory over New Jersey on Jan. 18...Missed the final 12 games of the season (Mar. 6 - Apr. 11) with swelling in his knee.

2008-09: Moved into sole possession of first place on the Islanders all-time franchise list for points by a goaltender with an assist (14th of his career) on Dec. 26 vs. Toronto...Missed 27 games from Oct. 27-Dec. 23 recovering from knee surgery...Missed the final 41 games of the season with swelling in the knee.

2007-08: Recorded his 100th career victory on Nov. 19 at NY Rangers...Tied a career high by starting 18 consecutive games from Nov. 13-29 (9-7-1)...Recorded three shutouts: Nov. 1 vs. Tampa Bay (28 saves); Nov. 16 at New Jersey (26 saves); Feb. 21 vs. Tampa Bay (32 saves)...Named to and started his first NHL All-Star game on Jan. 27 in Atlanta, stopping 15-of-16 shots in the first period and helping the East claim an 8-7 victory...Recorded his sixth assist of the season on Mar. 12 at Tampa Bay, setting a new team record for points and assists in a single season by a goaltender. His sixth assist was also the 13th of his career, besting Bill Smith’s previous Islanders record of 12...Missed 12 games due to injury: three due to a knee sprain and nine because of season-ending hip surgery on Mar. 19.

2006-07: Finished sixth in the NHL with a .919 save percentage and tied for sixth with five shutouts...Tied his career high in shutouts (5)...Ranked first in the NHL by making 28.4 saves per game (minimum 1,650 total saves)...Recorded his seventh career shutout with 35 saves on Nov. 15 at Dallas, which is his career high in saves in a shutout...Recorded back-to-back shutouts for the second time in his career (Dec. 23 vs. Columbus and Dec. 26 vs. NY Rangers)...Recorded a career-best shutout streak of 156:30 [Dec. 22 at Carolina (S. Walker - 1:42/3rd period) through Dec. 27 at Ottawa (M. Fischer - 18:12/1st period)]...Recorded a career-best home shutout streak of 191:04 [Dec. 9 vs. Florida (R. Salei - 19:17/3rd period, game went through overtime) through Dec. 30 vs. New Jersey (B. Rafalski - 5:21/1st period)]...Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Month for February...Made a career-high and franchise-record 56 saves on Mar. 5 at NY Rangers...Became the first Islanders goaltender to record two 30-win seasons on Mar. 10 vs. Washington...Started a career-high 18 consecutive games (2.09 GAA, .934 save percentage, a record of 10-7) starting on Feb. 3 at Montreal and running through Mar. 13 at Montreal. Did not finish the last game due to concussion...Played in his 200th NHL/Islanders game on Mar. 10 vs. Washington...Set a new career high with his 31st victory of the season on Mar. 22 vs. Pittsburgh...Tied the franchise single-season record with his 32nd victory of season on Mar. 24 at Philadelphia...Missed the last seven games of the season with a concussion.

2005-06: Ranked seventh in the NHL in saves with 1,617, games played by a goaltender with 63, and minutes played with 3,571:35 in his second full season with the Islanders...Tied for the league lead in penalty minutes for a goaltender with 28...Co-led the NHL in shootout wins with eight...Became the third Islanders goaltender and youngest in franchise history to reach 30 wins in a single season vs. Pittsburgh on Apr. 15...Recorded his only assist of the season at Buffalo on Oct. 5...Stopped all three shooters for his and the franchise’s first shootout win at NY Rangers on Oct. 19...Played in his 100th NHL/Islanders game vs. Ottawa on Nov. 25...Recorded his 50th career win on Mar. 7 vs. New Jersey...Named Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 12...Set personal winning and unbeaten streak of six games from Mar. 2-14 (6-0-0).

2003-04: In his first full NHL season, posted a 23-18-5 record with a 2.36 GAA in 50 games...Notched his first career shutout, recording 13 saves on Oct. 11 at Buffalo....Named runner-up for Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 26...Made a then career-high 45 saves in a 3-1 win at Anaheim on Mar. 12...Recorded back-to-back shutouts on Mar. 21 vs. Tampa Bay and Mar. 23 vs. Washington, tying the team record for consecutive shutouts.

2002-03: Ranked third in the AHL with a 2.14 GAA in his second professional season with Bridgeport...Started on the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team...Went 9-0-5 for a 14-game unbeaten streak with Bridgeport...Ranked sixth in the AHL with a 2.01 postseason GAA.

2001-02: Led the AHL with 30 wins for Bridgeport...Named Bridgeport’s “Fan Favorite” award recipient...Started for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team.

2000-01: Made his NHL debut on Jan. 27 vs. Buffalo, stopping 29 shots and recording an assist in a 2-1 loss...Became the youngest goaltender to make his NHL debut with the Islanders and the seventh youngest in NHL history to record a point in his NHL debut...Recorded his first win on Feb. 16 at Edmonton, stopping 24-of-26 shots.