Joe Grimaldi (ice hockey)

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Joe Grimaldi
Born (1986-08-23) August 23, 1986 (age 30)
Ronkonkoma, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
EIHL team
Former teams
Edinburgh Capitals
Rochester Americans
Albany River Rats
Peoria Rivermen
Rosenborg IHK
Nottingham Panthers
HC Valpellice
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Joe Grimaldi (born August 23, 1986 in Ronkonkoma, New York) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman recently released by the Edinburgh Capitals in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Grimaldi was a part of the United States National Team Development Program from 2002–04, He had won one gold medal at the four nations cup and a iiHF Silver medal in Minsk, Belarus at the world Championships before enrolling at the University of Nebraska-Omaha of the CCHA. In the 2004–05 season Grimaldi scored 17 points and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. Also USCHO.com name him to the all rookie team. The University of Nebraska omaha named him most consistent player with +24 plus/ minus leading all of college hockey in the 2004-2005 season[1] In his second year with the Mavericks, he left for Major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's. While he was with the Ottawa 67's he Signed with New York Islanders and played exhibition games with the islanders before getting sent back to ottawa for future development. In the 2007–08 season, Grimaldi turned pro officially and signed with the Rochester American to an ATO and was later sent down to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. Grimaldi played in 36 games recording 15 points as a rookie with the Jackals, and made his AHL debut with the Rochester Americans and Albany River Rats. On January 15, 2008, Joe was traded to fellow ECHL team the Fresno Falcons, and was then later flipped to the Gwinnett Gladiators on February 19. He then played for his sixth team in the year when he was called up to the Peoria Rivermen for four games where he recorded one assist in the last four games of the season.[2] Joe started the 2008–09 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL before returning to the Jackals placing third on the team with 101 penalty minutes. He attended Elmira's training camp prior to the 2009–10 but because of his previous ankle injury from the year before was not cleared to play yet, and later signed a contract midway through the season on December 12, 2009.[3] However, after playing in 33 games with Elmira he then quit the team reason unknown on March 17, 2010.

Later in his career, Grimaldi joined the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) for the 2013-2014 season. He played 7 games before being released, tallying 8 points (2 Goals, 6 Assists). During his brief stint, Grimaldi racked up 110 penalty minutes. The Edinburgh Capitals of the same EIHL league chose to bring Grimaldi back for the 2014-2015 season. Grimaldi played until his release on January 4, 2015 stemming from an incident the previous evening. On January 3, 2015, playing against his former team the Nottingham Panthers, Grimaldi took exception to Max Parent of the Panthers in which he was seen to spear the player intentionally with his stick, almost going for a second attempt. He then proceeded to remove his helmet and throw it at Parent's face, following immediately with a punch to the face and dragging him to the ground. Parent picked himself up and eventually toppled Grimaldi.[4] Thrown out of the game, picking up 67 minutes-worth of penalties, Grimaldi was released the following day amidst the impending ban confirmed days later by the DOPS (Department of Player Safety) of 18 games.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 43 0 5 5 146
2003–04 U.S. National Development Team USDP 51 1 4 5 62
2004–05 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 38 4 13 17 44
2005–06 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 19 0 4 4 51
2005–06 Ottawa 67's OHL 27 7 14 21 81 6 2 4 6 10
2006–07 Ottawa 67's OHL 65 2 34 36 185 5 0 1 1 16
2007–08 Elmira Jackals ECHL 36 2 12 14 53
2007–08 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 5
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 1 0 0 0 7
2007–08 Fresno Falcons ECHL 10 1 2 3 15
2007–08 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 21 1 3 4 74 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 4 0 1 1 6
2008–09 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 3 0 1 1 20
2008–09 Elmira Jackals ECHL 32 2 7 9 101
2009–10 Elmira Jackals ECHL 33 1 7 8 104
2010–11 Evansville IceMen CHL 17 5 6 11 45
2010–11 Colorado Eagles CHL 45 4 20 24 171 21 1 1 2 83
2011–12 Rapid City Rush CHL 2 0 0 0 11
AHL totals 7 0 1 1 18

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WJC18 6 0 0 0 2
Junior int'l totals 6 0 0 0 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team

BBOTW

2004-05

2014-15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004-05 Conference Honors". InsideCollegeHockey.com. 2005-03-20. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Jackson and Denny return to Gwinnett; Grimaldi Called up to AHL Peoria". oursportscentral. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Grimaldi added to Jackals roster". oursportscentral. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.nottinghampost.com/Edinburgh-Capitals-sack-Joe-Grimaldi-shocking/story-25803399-detail/story.html

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