December 30, 1978 |
Syosset, NY, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||134th overall, 1998
Scuderi attended St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, New York, before graduating in 1997. After high school, Scuderi attended Boston College, where he played four seasons for the Eagles. Following his freshman season, when he tallied 24 assists in 42 games, he was drafted in the 5th round, 134th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. However, he remained at BC for three more years. At the end of his collegiate career he held the Eagles' record for most games played, tallying 169 appearances for the team. He played his final game in the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament championship game, which BC won over defending champion North Dakota, 3–2, in overtime.
In 2001, Scuderi began his professional career in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins' minor league affiliate. That season he played in 75 games, recording a goal and 22 assists.
His second NHL season, the 2005–06 season was a struggle as he contributed to just 4 points in 56 games, but his reliability as a stay-at-home blue-liner meant that he earned a permanent position in Pittsburgh for the 2006–07 season, appearing in 78 games, scoring a goal and ten assists.
On February 2, 2008, Scuderi played his 200th career NHL game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Also on October 4, 2008 Scuderi ended a 120-game scoreless streak in Stockholm, Sweden versus the Ottawa Senators, when he scored a tying goal to get the Penguins into an overtime situation; they later won the game.
On April 19, 2009, Scuderi recorded his first career playoff goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
During the 2009 Playoffs, Scuderi's Penguins teammates rechristened him with the nickname "The Piece", after he misspoke during an interview when he referred to himself as "the [missing] piece" to the puzzle, intending to say that he was "a piece" to the puzzle. He had previously been known simply as "Scuds", a shortening of his surname.
On June 12, 2009, Scuderi won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Scuderi made a crucial play late in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, with the Penguins hanging on to a 2–1 lead over the Detroit Red Wings. Scuderi stopped a shot at a wide open net by Johan Franzén with his stick, then stopped Franzén again with his skate. Scuderi became the first Long Island native to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Within weeks of winning the Cup, Scuderi hit the market as an unrestricted free agent as the Penguins could not afford him under the salary cap.
Los Angeles Kings
On July 2, 2009, Scuderi was signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a four-year, $13.6 million contract. He debuted for the Kings on October 3, 2009 and tallied his first point, an assist to Ryan Smyth, in a Los Angeles uniform in an October 8, 2009 Kings win versus the Minnesota Wild.
He won his second Stanley Cup in four years on June 11, 2012 versus the New Jersey Devils. He took a hit early in the first period which resulted in a five-minute major penalty and 3 goals for the Kings, leading them to their first ever Stanley Cup.
Second stint with Penguins
On July 5, 2013, it was announced that Scuderi had re-signed with his former team in Pittsburgh, for a four-year, $13.5M deal.
He crashed into the boards from a legal hit by David Clarkson of the Maple Leafs on 10-26-13 in a 1-4 loss. Scuderi missed over 2 months, returning on December 28.
|1997–98||Boston College Eagles||HE||42||0||24||24||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Boston College Eagles||HE||41||2||8||10||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Boston College Eagles||HE||42||1||13||14||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Boston College Eagles||HE||43||4||19||23||66||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||73||0||11||11||21||6||0||0||0||6|
|2010–11||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||2||13||15||16||6||0||2||2||0|
|2011–12||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||1||8||9||16||20||0||1||1||4|
|2012–13||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||48||1||11||12||4||18||0||3||3||0|
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East Rookie Team||1997–98|
|Stanley Cup Champion||2009|
|Stanley Cup Champion||2012|
- Hendrickson, Dave (April 5, 2001). "Behind the Headlines". USCHO.com. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
- Wong, Edward (April 8, 2001). "Hockey; Eagles Settle an Old Score With the Sioux". The New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
- Wyshynski, Greg (June 10, 2009). "With interview goof, 'Scuds' becomes 'The Piece' for Penguins". Puck Daddy (Yahoo! Sports). Retrieved June 11, 2009.
- Molinari, Dave (October 29, 2006). "Oh, for good 'ol golden nicknaming days of yore". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
- Herrmann, Mark (17 June 2009). "Rob Scuderi brings Stanley Cup home to Long Island". Newsday. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
- Burnside, Scott (1 June 2012). "Scuderi a key piece to Cup puzzle". ESPN. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Elliot, Helene (July 3, 2009). "Kings sign Rob Scuderi to four-year, $13.6 million deal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
- Molinari, Dave (July 3, 2009). "Scuderi is treated like a King". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
- Rob Scuderi's player profile at NHL.com
- Rob Scuderi's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins