Joe Vitale (ice hockey)

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Joe Vitale
Joe Vitale 2013-11-02.JPG
Born (1985-08-20) August 20, 1985 (age 31)
St. Louis, MO, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Arizona Coyotes
NHL Draft 195th overall, 2005
Pittsburgh Penguins[1]
Playing career 2009–present

Joseph Dominic Vitale (born August 20, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vitale was drafted 195th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he made his NHL debut. He has also played with the Arizona Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Joe Vitale graduated from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was part of three state championships and two undefeated seasons. He also played for the St. Louis Jr. Blues of the Central States Hockey League for two seasons, including a national championship in 2003–04. In 2004–05, he played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League.[2]

Joe Vitale, Pittsburgh Penguins

On July 30, 2005, Vitale was drafted by the Penguins with the 195th selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.[3] He enrolled in Northeastern University and began his college career as a freshman for the Huskies in 2005–06. He was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week in February and received Northeastern's Ed Arrington Memorial Rookie of the Year Award. In 2006–07, he was named alternate captain of the squad as a sophomore and was named to Hockey East's All-Academic Team. As a junior in 2007–08, he was named All-New England and New England's Most Improved Player, was named to the All-Hockey East Second Team, and was Northeastern's Most Valuable Player.[2] Vitale's college career concluded when Northeastern lost to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Northeastern's first trip to the NCAA tournament in 15 years. He finished his career at Northeastern with 34 goals and 60 assists for 94 points and 268 penalty minutes in 143 games.[4]

Professional[edit]

On April 3, 2009, Vitale signed a one-year, entry level NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2009–10 season. He also signed an Amateur Try-Out contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the remainder of the 2008–09 season.[5] He recorded his first professional goal and assist on April 4, 2009 against the Albany River Rats. He finished the season with 4 points in 5 regular season games. Vitale also played in all 12 of the Penguins playoff games.[6] During the 2009–10 season, Vitale played in 74 games in the AHL, scoring six goals and recording 26 assists for a total of 32 points. In January 2010, the Penguins and Vitale agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2011–12 season.[7]

Vitale made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 10, 2011 against the Los Angeles Kings. On February 16, 2011, Vitale scored his first NHL goal against Peter Budaj of the Colorado Avalanche.

On February 3, 2012, Vitale was re-signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins with a two-years contract extension, worth $1.1 million.[8]

As a free agent, Vitale joined his second NHL team in signing a three-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on July 1, 2014.[9] In his second year with the Coyotes, Vitale began the 2015–16 season as a healthy scratch amongst the forwards. On October 17, 2015, Vitale was injured in his first game of the year against Boston Bruins.[10] In a fight against Kevan Miller, Vitale suffered a fractured orbital bone and was expected to miss 4–6 weeks. Suffering lingering concussion issues as a result of the fight, Vitale was unable to make progress and on February 11, 2016, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season.[11]

On June 24, 2016, the Coyotes traded Vitale, the 20th overall pick, and the 53rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Pavel Datsyuk's $7.5 million cap hit and the 16th overall pick.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Vitale is married and has three children, a daughter and two sons.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 53 11 20 31 62  —  —  —  —  —
2005–06 Northeastern University HE 31 8 8 16 71  —  —  —  —  —
2006–07 Northeastern University HE 35 7 9 16 54  —  —  —  —  —
2007–08 Northeastern University HE 37 12 23 35 75  —  —  —  —  —
2008–09 Northeastern University HE 40 7 20 27 68  —  —  —  —  —
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 5 2 2 4 2 12 0 0 0 12
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 74 6 26 32 70 4 0 2 2 0
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 60 9 21 30 64 11 3 3 6 18
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 1 1 2 13  —  —  —  —  —
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 4 10 14 56 4 0 0 0 12
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 2 3 5 17 6 0 1 1 6
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 1 13 14 29 13 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 70 3 6 9 36  —  —  —  —  —
2015–16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 5  —  —  —  —  —
NHL totals 234 11 33 44 156 23 0 1 1 22

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 2007–08

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Greene
Hockey East Best Defensive Forward
2008–09
Succeeded by
Ben Holmstrom