Rinaldo with the Bruins in September 2015.
June 15, 1990|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
178th overall, 2008|
Zac Rinaldo (born June 15, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Arizona Coyotes. He is known for his rough and physical style of play and for being an enforcer.
After his minor midget season with the Jr. Bulldogs, Rinaldo was drafted as an after thought by the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the OHL in the 14th round (270th overall) in 2006. He spent the following season with the Hamilton Red Wings Jr.A. club in 2006-07 before suiting up for the Majors in 2007-08.
Rinaldo was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 6th round (178th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers on August 11, 2009. Rinaldo started the 2010–11 AHL season playing with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.
Rinaldo made his NHL debut on April 22, 2011, in Game 5 of the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres despite having more suspensions (4) than goals scored (3) for the Phantoms in the 2010-11 season. He again made the lineup for Game 1 of the conference semi-finals against the Boston Bruins, registering 2 shots.
Rinaldo signed a two-year contract extension worth $1.5 million on April 17, 2013.
Following the 2014–15 season, Rinaldo was traded to the Boston Bruins for a 2017 3rd-round draft pick. On March 1, 2016, Rinaldo was suspended by the NHL for five games for an illegal hit delivered to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette in a game two days earlier. Rinaldo was promptly placed on waivers by the Bruins, which he cleared. It was his fourth suspension in five NHL seasons, and as a repeat offender he forfeited US$51,829.25 in salary.
On March 4, 2016, after being sent down to the Providence Bruins of the AHL and while technically still serving his NHL suspension, Rinaldo again faced suspension for an incident in a game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, his first game after being demoted. Rinaldo received a match penalty for intent to injure for a hit delivered to Bridgeport defenceman Kane Lafranchise. Rinaldo was suspended from the AHL indefinitely. The AHL later announced that Rinaldo would be suspended for five games for a hit targeting the head.
On July 1, 2017, having left the Bruins as a free agent after two seasons, Rinaldo agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes. During the 2017–18 season, Rinaldo made his return to the NHL with the Coyotes, playing his first full season since 2015. On December 23, 2017 while playing against the Colorado Avalanche, Rinaldo sucker punched Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard and was suspended for six games.
|2005–06||Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs||OMHA||26||9||15||24||101||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Hamilton Red Wings||OPJHL||44||16||16||32||193||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Toronto St. Michael's Majors||OHL||6||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Mississauga St. Michael's Majors||OHL||63||7||7||14||191||4||0||0||0||9|
|2008–09||Mississauga St. Michael's Majors||OHL||34||6||7||13||112||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Flyers Sign Four to Contracts". Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
- Tim Panaccio (April 17, 2013). "Flyers give Rinaldo, Rosehill two-year extensions". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
- Mike Brehm (January 26, 2015). "Zac Rinaldo suspended for eight games". USAToday.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
- "Flyers trade Zac Rinaldo to Boston". Philadelphia Flyers. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
- "Bruins' Rinaldo suspended five games". The Sports Network. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
- "Zac Rinaldo suspended indefinitely in AHL, already suspended in NHL". Sportsnet.ca. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "Zac Rinaldo is now suspended in both the NHL and AHL". Yahoo! Sports. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "Coyotes sign Campbell, Hanley, Rinaldo and Sislo". Arizona Coyotes. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "Coyotes' Zac Rinaldo suspended six games for punching Avalanche's Samuel Girard". ESPN.com. December 27, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- "Preds sign Zac Rinaldo to one-year, two-way deal". Nashville Predators. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
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