Daniel Girardi

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Daniel Girardi
Dan Girardi - New York Rangers.jpg
Girardi in October 2014.
Born (1984-04-29) April 29, 1984 (age 30)
Welland, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team New York Rangers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Daniel Girardi (born April 29, 1984) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Girardi as a Ranger.

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.

During his junior career he was a member of the London Knights team that won the 2005 OHL Championship and the 2005 Memorial Cup.

Having gone undrafted in the 2003 draft, Girardi signed a free agent, two-way AHL contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, 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 Darius Kasparaitis. Since that callup, Girardi has dressed for every regular-season and postseason game that the Rangers have played, except for two games in the 2010–11 season when Girardi was sidelined with a rib injury in late January 2011 (which 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.[1]

On July 9, 2010, Girardi re-signed with the Rangers, signing a four-year, $13.3 million deal. During the 2010-2011 NHL 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 time on the ice, averaging nearly 28 minutes a game. His play earned him a spot in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. Girardi scored his first playoff goal on April 26, 2012 versus the Ottawa Senators during game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals.

During the 2012-2013 shortened lockout 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 3rd when he was hit with a puck in his eye.

During the 2013-2014 season, on February 28, 2014, Girardi signed a six-year $33 million extension. He was named alternate captain for the Rangers for the remainder of the season when Ryan Callahan was traded at the trade deadline.

Personal life[edit]

Daniel's childhood idol was Mark Messier. During the season, Girardi resides in Westchester, New York.

Dan and his wife Pam Girardi have two children, son, Landon and, daughter, Shaye.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Welland Tigers OMHA 34 7 19 26 42
2000–01 Barrie Colts OHL 6 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Couchiching Terriers OPJHL 27 1 11 12 27
2001–02 Barrie Colts OHL 21 0 1 1 0 20 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Barrie Colts OHL 31 3 13 16 24
2002–03 Guelph Storm OHL 36 1 13 14 20 11 0 9 9 14
2003–04 Guelph Storm OHL 68 8 39 47 55 22 2 17 19 10
2004–05 Guelph Storm OHL 38 5 20 25 24
2004–05 London Knights OHL 31 4 10 14 14 18 0 6 6 10
2005–06 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 7 1 4 5 6
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
NHL totals 569 36 142 178 217 89 6 20 26 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers, Girardi agree on extension". The Sports Network. 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-02-16. [dead link]

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