Girardi in October 2014.
April 29, 1984 |
Welland, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
|NHL team||New York Rangers|
Daniel Girardi (born April 29, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Undrafted, Girardi has played his entire NHL career in the New York Rangers organization.
Girardi grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, with the Welland Tigers of the OMHA's Niagara District and South Central AAA Leagues. He was a member of the OMHA Minor Atom AAA Championship team in 1995 and an OMHA Finalist team in Minor Peewee in 1997.
Having gone undrafted in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Girardi signed a free agent, two-way American Hockey League (AHL) contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate, and began the 2005–06 season with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL. Eventually signed to an NHL deal by the Rangers while playing with the Wolf Pack, Girardi was called up in January 27, 2007, after an injury to defenceman Darius Kasparaitis. Since that call-up, Girardi has dressed for every regular season and post-season game that the Rangers have played, save for two games in the 2010–11 season when he was sidelined with a rib injury in late January 2011; this ended a consecutive games-played streak at 330.
On February 16, 2008, Girardi signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract extension with the Rangers.
On July 9, 2010, Girardi re-signed with the Rangers, signing a four-year, $13.3 million deal. During the 2010–11 season, Girardi led the NHL in blocked shots, with 236.
For the 2011–12 season, Girardi was named an interim alternate captain for the Rangers while Marc Staal was recovering from post-concussion syndrome. In Staal's absence, Girardi led all NHL skaters in average ice-time, averaging nearly 28 minutes per game. His play earned him a spot in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. Girardi scored his first playoff goal on April 26, 2012, against the Ottawa Senators during Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
During the 2012–13 lockout-shortened season, Girardi was named an interim alternate captain for the Rangers a second time while Marc Staal was recovering from an injury sustained on March 3 when he was hit with a puck in the eye.
During the 2013–14 season, on February 28, Girardi signed a six-year, $33 million extension with the Rangers. He was named an alternate captain for the Rangers for the remainder of the season when captain Ryan Callahan was traded at the NHL trade deadline to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Girardi and his wife Pam have two children – a son, Landon, and a daughter, Shaye.
|2005–06||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||66||8||31||39||44||13||4||5||9||8|
|2006–07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||45||2||22||24||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||34||0||6||6||8||10||0||0||0||4|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||82||10||18||28||14||10||0||3||3||6|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||82||4||18||22||53||7||0||0||0||6|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||82||6||18||24||53||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||80||4||27||31||37||5||0||0||0||0|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||82||5||24||29||20||20||3||9||12||2|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||46||2||12||14||16||12||2||2||4||2|
|2013–14||New York Rangers||NHL||81||5||19||24||16||25||1||6||7||10|
|2014–15||New York Rangers||NHL||82||4||16||20||22|