Zac Rinaldo

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Zac Rinaldo
Zac Rinaldo - Boston Bruins.jpg
Rinaldo in September 2015.
Born (1990-06-15) June 15, 1990 (age 26)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Providence Bruins (AHL)
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 178th overall, 2008
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2010–present

Zac Rinaldo (born June 15, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing career[edit]

Rinaldo grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and played his minor AAA hockey for the Hamilton Reps, Cambridge Hawks, Notre Dame Hounds, and Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs of the OMHA.

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 with the Colts.

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.[1] 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.

At the conclusion of the Flyers' training camp in October 2011, Rinaldo made the Flyers' opening night line-up, sharing enforcing duties with veteran Jody Shelley.

Rinaldo signed a two-year contract extension worth $1.5 million on April 17, 2013.[2]

Rinaldo in October 2011.

On January 26, 2015 Rinaldo was suspended eight games for charging Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. Rinaldo forfeited $73,170.72 in pay.[3]

Following the 2014–15 season, Rinaldo was traded to the Boston Bruins for a 2017 3rd-round draft pick.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] The AHL later announced that Rinaldo would be suspended for five games for a hit targeting the head.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Min.Midg. 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
2008–09 London Knights OHL 22 4 13 17 89 8 1 1 2 26
2009–10 London Knights OHL 34 8 7 15 148
2009–10 Barrie Colts OHL 26 2 8 10 107 4 2 0 2 11
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 60 3 6 9 331
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 12
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 2 7 9 232 5 0 0 0 48
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 4 1 1 2 11
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 31 2 3 5 92
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 3 2 5 85
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 2 2 4 153 7 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 1 5 6 102
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 52 1 2 3 83
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 2 0 0 0 12
NHL totals 275 9 18 27 655 14 0 0 0 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flyers Sign Four to Contracts". Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  2. ^ Tim Panaccio (April 17, 2013). "Flyers give Rinaldo, Rosehill two-year extensions". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mike Brehm (January 26, 2015). "Zac Rinaldo suspended for eight games". USAToday.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Flyers trade Zac Rinaldo to Boston". Philadelphia Flyers. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bruins' Rinaldo suspended five games". The Sports Network. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  6. ^ Zac Rinaldo suspended indefinitely in AHL, already suspended in NHL http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/zac-rinaldo-suspended-indefinitely-in-ahl-already-suspended-in-nhl/
  7. ^ Zac Rinaldo is now suspended in both the NHL and AHL https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/zac-rinaldo-is-now-suspended-in-both-the-nhl-and-ahl-165724651.html

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