Italian-American/Canadian NHL Players

Here is a comprehensive list of Italian-American/Canadian NHL players (as of May 2012):

All players are Canadian born unless noted as American.

Tony Amonte – American, played for NY Rangers 1990-94, 1174 games, 416G - 484A, 752 PIM

Pete Babando – American, played for NY Rangers in 1953, NHL totals: 351 games, 86G - 73A, 194 PIM; as a member of the Red Wings he scored a sudden death (and Stanley Cup-clinching goal) to eliminate the Rangers at 8:31 of the second overtime on April 23, 1950

Tom Barrasso – American, goaltender, 1983-2003, 777 games, 369 wins, 3.24 GAA, .892 SV

Bates Battaglia – American, 1997-2008, 580 games, 80G - 118A, 385 PIM

Todd Bertuzzi – 1995-present, 1026 games, 289G - 424A, 1376 PIM

Rick Bragnalo – 1975-79, 145 games, 15G - 35A, 46 PIM

Michael Cammalleri - 177 goals

Chris Campoli – 33 goals

Daniel Carcillo – 36 goals

Gino Cavallini – 1984-93, 593 games, 114G - 159A, 507PIM

Paul Cavallini – younger brother of Gino, 1986-96, defense, 564 games, 56G - 177A, 750PIM

Dino Ciccarelli – 1980-99, Hall of Fame, 1232 games, 608G-592A, 1425PIM

Enrico Ciccone – 1991-2000, defense, 374 games, 10G - 18A, amassed 1,469 penalty minutes.

Joe Cirella – 1982-96, NYR 1990-93, 64 goals

Carlo Colaiacovo – defense, 28 goals, 2003-present

Matt Corrente – defense, 2009-present, 34 games, 6A, 68 PIM

Matt D'Agostini –  2007-present, 188 games, 37G-37A, 88 PIM

Michael Del Zotto – 2009-present, 130 games NY Rangers, 11G-37A, 52 PIM

Larry DePalma – 1985-94, 148 games, 21G-20A, 408 PIM

Alex Delvecchio – 1950-74, Hall of Fame, 456G-825A, 383PIM

Ab DeMarco, Sr. – American, 1938-47,  210 games, 72G-93A, 53 PIM; he played 180 games for the Rangers, 1943-47

Ab DeMarco Jr. – American, defenseman, in NHL 1969-79, 344 games, 44G-80A, 75 PIM; Abby Jr. played 104 games for the Rangers, 1969-1973

Rick DiPietro – American, goaltender

Rob DiMaio – with NYR 2000, 106G, 840PIM

Ted Donato – 796 games, 150G, 197A

Phil Esposito –  Hall of Famer with NY Rangers 1975-81, NHL totals: 1282 games, 717G-873A, 910PIM

Tony Esposito – Hall of Fame, 886 games, 423 wins, 2.92 GAA, became a U.S. citizen in 1981

Rico Fata – NYR 45 games

Ray Ferraro – American,  408 NHL goals, NYR 1995-96

Nick Fotiu – American (Greek father and Italian mother), NYR 1976-79, 1981-86; 646 games, 60G, 77A, 1362PIM

Mike Foligno – 1979-1994, 1018 games, 355G, 372A

Nick Foligno – Canadian, Senators, 65 goals

Lou Fontinato – defenseman, born in Guelph, Ontario. Played from 1954-63, with NYR for 419 games (1954-61) 536 games, 26goals-78a-104pts, 1247PIM

Brian Gionta – 209 goals, captain of the Montreal Canadiens

Stephen Gionta – younger brother of Brian Gionta, plays for NJ Devils

Mark Giordano - Canadian, Flames 2005-present, defenseman, 28 goals, 80A

Tony Granato – American, 248 goals, played with the NYR (1988–1990)

Matthew Lombardi – 446games, 89G-147A-236pts-275PIM, currently with Toronto

Roberto Luongo – goalie, All-Star

Mark Mancari – 36 games, born 1985, 3G, 10A, 22PIM

Johnny Mariucci – American, BlackHawks in 1940's

Mike Modano – He is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL

Sergio Momessoi – 1983-97, 152G-193A, 1557PIM, with NYR in 1996 when he was winding down

Jimmy Orlando – played for Detroit 1939-43

Aldo Palazzari – American, only played 36 games in the NHL (12 with Rangers in 1943-44), 8G, 3A

Doug Palazzari – American, son of Aldo, played 108 games in the NHL, 18G, 23A, 20PIM

Michael Peca – Canadian, 864 games, 176 goals, 289 assists, 798 PIM

Alex Pietrangelo – defenseman, 96 games, 12 goals, 34A, born 1990, currently with Blues

Frank Pietrangelo – former Penguins goaltender, 3rd cousin of Alex Pietrangelo, 36 games in NHL

Fernando Pisani – 482 games, 87 goals

Tom Poti – American, NYR 2002-2006, 69G-256A, 586PIM

Mike Ricci – 1099 games, 243G, 362A, 605pts

Tim Sestito – American, 36 games with the Devils last year

David Sacco – American, 1993-96,  35 games, 5G, 13A, 22PIM

Joe Sacco –  American, 12yrs in NHL, 94 G, 119A, and current head coach of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche

Rob Scuderi – defenseman, 455 games, 5 goals

Jason Spezza – 526 games, 192 goals

Zack Stortini – 256 games, 14 goals, 718PIM, enforcer

Jeff Tambellini – son of Steve, 242 games, 27G, 36A

Steve Tambellini – 553 games, 160G, 150A

Rick Tocchet – 18 seasons, 1144 games, 440G, 512A, 2972PIM

Marty Turco  – 2000-present, goaltender, 538 games, 273 wins, 2.35 GAA, .910 SA

John Vanbiesbrouck – (his mother is Italian) NYR 1983-93


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A cup of NHL espresso,  players with fewer than 25 NHL games in their career

Paul Beraldo –  1987-89

Jim Camazzola – 1983-87
Tony Camazzola – 1981-82
Matt Campanale – 2011
Tony Cassolato – 1979-82
S├ębastien Centomo
– 2001-02
Jason Cirone - 1991-92


Corrie D'Alessio – 1992-93
Hank D'Amore – 1943-44 NY Rangers
Armand Delmonte – 1945-46
Dean DeFazio – 1983-84
Matt DelGuidice – 1991-92

Bobby Sanguinetti – 5 games with NYR 2009-10, 3 games with Carolina 2011-12

Tom Sestito – American, 13 games with Columbus, now with Flyers organization

Tony Tuzzolino – American, 1997-2002, 6 games with NY Rangers in 2000-01

last updated: May 2012

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