Gaetano Orlando

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Gaetano Orlando
Born (1962-11-13) November 13, 1962 (age 52)
LaSalle, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
National team  Italy
NHL Draft 164th overall, 1981
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1980–1999

Gaetano "Gates" Orlando (born November 13, 1962 in LaSalle, Québec) is an Italian-Canadian retired professional ice hockey Centre and later ice hockey coach.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1983–84
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1983–84

Career statistics[edit]

   
Season Team League GP G A Pts
1979–80 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 70 28 44 72
1983–84 Rochester Americans AHL 11 8 7 15
1984–85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 3 6 9
1984–85 Rochester Americans AHL 49 26 30 56
1985–86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 60 13 12 25
1985–86 Rochester Americans AHL 3 4 0 4
1986–87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 2 8 10
1986–87 Rochester Americans AHL 44 22 42 64
1987–88 HC Merano Serie A 46 59 51 110
1987–88 Rochester Americans AHL 13 4 13 17
1988–89 HC Bolzano Serie A 44 57 45 102
1989–90 HC Bolzano Serie A 42 72 72 144
1990–91 HC Bolzano Serie A 27 39 33 72
1991–92 Milano Devils Serie A 29 32 39 71
1992–93 Milano Devils Serie A 27 14 27 41
1993–94 Milano Devils Serie A 28 24 54 78
1994–95 SC Bern NLA 42 27 38 65
1995–96 SC Bern NLA 34 15 26 41
1996–97 SC Bern NLA 46 26 56 82
1997–98 SC Bern NLA 38 16 32 48
1998–99 HC Lugano NLA 28 12 20 32

International play[edit]

Since Gates Orlando is of Italian ancestry, he played for the Italian national ice hockey team.

He participated in the following tournaments:

  • 2 B-World Championships: 1990, 1991

Orlando wore jersey number 17 in the national team.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from pro ice hockey by the end of season 1998/99 with HC Lugano, Gates Orlando got on to be become a coach. At the World championships he already assisted coaching the Italian national team while still being a player.

   
Season Team League Type
1999 – 00 Rochester Junior A Americans NAHL Head Coach
2000 – 01 Adirondack IceHawks UHL Head Coach
2001 – 02 Adirondack IceHawks UHL Head Coach
2002 – 03 Albany River Rats AHL Assistant Coach
2003 – 04 Albany River Rats AHL Assistant Coach

Artificial heart[edit]

A sarcoidosis patient, in March 2011, Orlando was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He was participating in a clinical study of Life Vest, a wearable defibrillator. On May 22, the defibrillator saved his life after his heart stopped for 40 seconds. Orlando was the first participant in the study to have required the vest to deliver a shock.[1] [1][dead link]

On April 4, 2012, Orlando received an artificial heart to extend his life while he waits for a donated biological heart. The operation, performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was the first such operation in Upstate New York.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 3, 2011
  2. ^ http://www.rbj.net/article.asp?aID=190945

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