Tom Fitzgerald (ice hockey)

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Tom Fitzgerald
Tom Fitzgerald 2012-06-22.JPG
Born (1968-08-28) August 28, 1968 (age 46)
Billerica, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for New York Islanders
Florida Panthers
Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
National team  United States
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1986
New York Islanders
Playing career 1988–2006

Thomas James Fitzgerald (born August 28, 1968) is a retired American professional ice hockey player who played seventeen seasons in the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. He currently serves as assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 as an assistant coach with Pittsburgh.

Playing career[edit]

Fitzgerald played his high school hockey at Austin Preparatory School in Reading MA, he then went on to play college hockey for Providence College and was selected by the New York Islanders of the NHL in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 17th overall). He turned pro in 1988 with the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Indians, and in 1990 was one of the key players who led Indians to the Calder Cup championship.

He played parts of five seasons for the Islanders and the first player in NHL playoff history to score two shorthanded goals on the same minor penalty, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 2, 1993, which also equaled the NHL record for shorthanded goals by a player in one game. He was selected as one of the original Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. Although he has been cast as a defensive forward in the NHL, he had his best scoring years in Miami and was one of the leaders in Florida's 1996 Stanley Cup run. In those 1995–96 playoffs, Fitzgerald scored the decisive goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a 58-foot slapshot that found its way past Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso.

He was briefly traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1998 before being drafted in another expansion draft, this time by the Nashville Predators, who sought out his veteran leadership. Fitzgerald was named Nashville's first captain and so served for four seasons. He has subsequently played for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. While with Toronto, Fitzgerald and his Maple Leafs teammate Gary Roberts both played in the 1,000th game of their careers on January 13, 2004.[1]

In the summer of 2004, Fitzgerald signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. In July 2006, the Boston Bruins chose not to renew his contract. He announced his retirement after 17 NHL seasons on September 12, 2006.[2]

Personal[edit]

Tom and his wife Kerry have four sons; Ryan, Casey, Jack and Brendan.[3] Fitzgerald did a stint as an analyst for the Outdoor Life Network during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, and was one of NESN's studio analysts during postgame coverage of Boston Bruins' matches.[4] Their son Ryan was a member of the 2011 MA Super Eight Champion Malden Catholic Hockey team. Ryan was drafted in the 4th Round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins (120th Overall) and is a freshman playing for the Boston College Eagles in the NCAA.

In July 2007, Fitzgerald left NESN when he was named Director of Player Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5] In October, Tom was then named as an assistant coach to Team USA Deutschland Cup team, helping push the United States to second place.[6] On July 3, 2009, Fitzgerald was then promoted within the Penguins organization, to assistant General Manager.[7]

Fitzgerald is Irish, is cousin to, and grew up with NHL player Keith Tkachuk.[8] He is also cousin with the Chicago Blackhawks prospect, Kevin Hayes.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Providence College HE 27 8 14 22 22
1987–88 Providence College HE 36 19 15 34 50
1988–89 Springfield Indians AHL 61 24 18 42 43
1988–89 New York Islanders NHL 23 3 5 8 10
1989–90 Springfield Indians AHL 53 30 23 53 32 14 2 9 11 13
1989–90 New York Islanders NHL 19 2 5 7 4 4 1 0 1 4
1990–91 Capital District Islanders AHL 27 7 7 14 50
1990–91 New York Islanders NHL 41 5 5 10 24
1991–92 Capital District Islanders AHL 4 1 1 2 4
1991–92 New York Islanders NHL 45 6 11 17 28
1992–93 New York Islanders NHL 77 9 18 27 34 18 2 5 7 18
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 83 18 14 32 54
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 48 3 13 16 31
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 82 13 21 34 75 22 4 4 8 34
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 71 10 14 24 64 5 0 1 1 0
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 69 10 5 15 57
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 2 1 3 22 7 0 1 1 20
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 19 32 48
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 9 22 66
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 9 9 18 71
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 63 7 9 16 33
2001–02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 1 3 4 6 5 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 4 13 17 57 7 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 7 10 17 52 10 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 71 4 6 10 40
NHL totals 1097 139 190 329 776 78 7 12 19 90

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1987 United States WJC 4th 7 3 0 3 2
1989 United States WC 6th 10 0 2 2 12
1991 United States WC 4th 10 1 0 1 6
Junior totals 7 3 0 3 2
Senior totals 20 1 2 3 18

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fitzgerald, Roberts play 1,000th games". ESPN. 2004-01-13. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Tom Fitzgerald announces retirement". Boston Bruins. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ "'I'm a dad' ... 'I don't like being away'". ESPN. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Cup crazy: A Day with Lord Stanley's Cup". NESN. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Penguins add Fitzgerald, Botterill to management". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  6. ^ "Fitzgerald, Curry Benefit From Team USA Experience". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  7. ^ "Tom Fitzgerald Named Assistant to the General Manager; Dan MacKinnon Promoted to Director of Player Personnel". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Athlete profile: Keith Tkachuk". 3 February 1998. CNN / Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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Preceded by
Derek King
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1986
Succeeded by
Dean Chynoweth
Preceded by
Position created
Nashville Predators captain
19982002
Succeeded by
Greg Johnson