Killericon stops a slide that should've ended long ago, and picks up Dino Ciccarelli.
Sarnia, Ontario's Dino Ciccarelli took the NHL by storm in his rookie season with a dominating performance in the 1981 Stanley Cup playoffs. Ciccarelli, who was born on February 8th, 1960, played 32 regular season games that year but played a major role in the Minnesota North Stars surprising march to the Stanley Cup Final when he scored 14 goals and 21 points in 19 games. Ciccarelli built on his rookie success, scoring a career-high 106 points on the strength of 55 goals in his first full season. As a North Star Ciccarelli not only developed into a consistent goal-scoring force, but he quickly established a reputation as a gritty, aggravating forward scoring the bulk of his goals from the top of the crease, and usually after absorbing considerable punishment from opposing defenceman and netminders.
In March of 1989 Ciccarelli's successful run with the North Stars was over. He was traded along with rugged defenseman Bob Rouse to the Washington Capitals in exchange for sniper Mike Gartner and scoring defenceman Larry Murphy.
With the Capitals Ciccarelli continued to play his gritty style of game and scored consistently, however, Washington's repeated playoff failures caused Capitals management to make some changes and Ciccarelli was dispatched to the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 1992.
The Red Wings were a club with lots of scoring talent, but they lacked a top forward with Dino's grit and tenacity. Ciccarelli was an instant success in Motown scoring 41 goals and 97 points. In 1995 Ciccarelli made his second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, but the Red Wings fell to the New Jersey Devils that spring, though Dino delivered nine goals.
With his point totals shrinking and the Red Wings looking to re-tool for a serious run at the Cup Ciccarelli was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 1996.
With the Lightning Dino played the role of the wily veteran, and bounced back with a 35-goal and 60 point season, just two off of the team lead. But despite his success, the team still floundered in the standings and Dino was traded cross-state to the Florida Panthers during his second season in Tampa.
Now clearly in the twilight of his career, Ciccarelli was brought in to help push the Panthers, who had been surprise Stanley Cup finalists just two years before, to the next level. Though the Panthers didn't make the playoffs that year, Ciccarelli reached a personal milestone scoring his 600th career goal.
His final season came in 1998-99, a year that Ciccarelli was limited to just 14 games due to chronic back problems. At season's end, the Panthers released Ciccarelli. With a career of cross-checks finally catching up with his back, Ciccarelli retired ranked 9th in league history in goals scored. This total is even more impressive when you factor in that Ciccarelli was never even drafted. Due to a broken leg suffered as a sixteen-year-old, Ciccarelli was passed over in the NHL entry draft and joined the league as a free agent signee.
Ciccarelli returned to the game in his post playing career purchasing the Sarnia Sting of the OHL along with his brother. Throughout his career Ciccarelli played over 1,200 games and finished with 1,200 points.
He is 13th all time with 608 goals.