Tom Fitzgerald (ice hockey)

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Tom Fitzgerald
Tom Fitzgerald 2012-06-22.JPG
Born(1968-08-28) August 28, 1968 (age 46)
Billerica, MA, USA
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotRight
Played forNew York Islanders
Florida Panthers
Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
National team United States
NHL Draft17th overall, 1986
New York Islanders
Playing career1988–2006
 
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Tom Fitzgerald
Tom Fitzgerald 2012-06-22.JPG
Born(1968-08-28) August 28, 1968 (age 46)
Billerica, MA, USA
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShotRight
Played forNew York Islanders
Florida Panthers
Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators
Chicago Blackhawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
National team United States
NHL Draft17th overall, 1986
New York Islanders
Playing career1988–2006

Thomas James Fitzgerald (born August 28, 1968) is a retired American professional ice hockey player who played seventeen seasons in the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. He currently serves as assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 as an assistant coach with Pittsburgh.

Playing career[edit]

Fitzgerald played his high school hockey at Austin Preparatory School in Reading MA, he then went on to play college hockey for Providence College and was selected by the New York Islanders of the NHL in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 17th overall). He turned pro in 1988 with the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Indians, and in 1990 was one of the key players who led Indians to the Calder Cup championship.

He played parts of five seasons for the Islanders and the first player in NHL playoff history to score two shorthanded goals on the same minor penalty, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 2, 1993, which also equaled the NHL record for shorthanded goals by a player in one game. He was selected as one of the original Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. Although he has been cast as a defensive forward in the NHL, he had his best scoring years in Miami and was one of the leaders in Florida's 1996 Stanley Cup run. In those 1995–96 playoffs, Fitzgerald scored the decisive goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a 58-foot slapshot that found its way past Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso.

He was briefly traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1998 before being drafted in another expansion draft, this time by the Nashville Predators, who sought out his veteran leadership. Fitzgerald was named Nashville's first captain and so served for four seasons. He has subsequently played for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. While with Toronto, Fitzgerald and his Maple Leafs teammate Gary Roberts both played in the 1,000th game of their careers on January 13, 2004.[1]

In the summer of 2004, Fitzgerald signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. In July 2006, the Boston Bruins chose not to renew his contract. He announced his retirement after 17 NHL seasons on September 12, 2006.[2]

Personal[edit]

Tom and his wife Kerry have four sons; Ryan, Casey, Jack and Brendan.[3] Fitzgerald did a stint as an analyst for the Outdoor Life Network during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, and was one of NESN's studio analysts during postgame coverage of Boston Bruins' matches.[4] Their son Ryan was a member of the 2011 MA Super Eight Champion Malden Catholic Hockey team. Ryan was drafted in the 4th Round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins (120th Overall) and is a freshman playing for the Boston College Eagles in the NCAA.

In July 2007, Fitzgerald left NESN when he was named Director of Player Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins.[5] In October, Tom was then named as an assistant coach to Team USA Deutschland Cup team, helping push the United States to second place.[6] On July 3, 2009, Fitzgerald was then promoted within the Penguins organization, to assistant General Manager.[7]

Fitzgerald is Irish, is cousin to, and grew up with NHL player Keith Tkachuk.[8] He is also cousin with the Chicago Blackhawks prospect, Kevin Hayes.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1986–87Providence CollegeHE278142222
1987–88Providence CollegeHE3619153450
1988–89Springfield IndiansAHL6124184243
1988–89New York IslandersNHL2335810
1989–90Springfield IndiansAHL533023533214291113
1989–90New York IslandersNHL19257441014
1990–91Capital District IslandersAHL27771450
1990–91New York IslandersNHL41551024
1991–92Capital District IslandersAHL41124
1991–92New York IslandersNHL456111728
1992–93New York IslandersNHL7791827341825718
1993–94Florida PanthersNHL8318143254
1994–95Florida PanthersNHL483131631
1995–96Florida PanthersNHL82132134752244834
1996–97Florida PanthersNHL711014246450110
1997–98Florida PanthersNHL691051557
1997–98Colorado AvalancheNHL1121322701120
1998–99Nashville PredatorsNHL8013193248
1999–00Nashville PredatorsNHL821392266
2000–01Nashville PredatorsNHL82991871
2001–02Nashville PredatorsNHL63791633
2001–02Chicago BlackhawksNHL15134650004
2002–03Toronto Maple LeafsNHL66413175770114
2003–04Toronto Maple LeafsNHL697101752100006
2005–06Boston BruinsNHL71461040
NHL totals1097139190329776787121990

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
1987United StatesWJC4th73032
1989United StatesWC6th1002212
1991United StatesWC4th101016
Junior totals73032
Senior totals2012318

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fitzgerald, Roberts play 1,000th games". ESPN. 2004-01-13. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Tom Fitzgerald announces retirement". Boston Bruins. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ "'I'm a dad' ... 'I don't like being away'". ESPN. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Cup crazy: A Day with Lord Stanley's Cup". NESN. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Penguins add Fitzgerald, Botterill to management". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  6. ^ "Fitzgerald, Curry Benefit From Team USA Experience". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  7. ^ "Tom Fitzgerald Named Assistant to the General Manager; Dan MacKinnon Promoted to Director of Player Personnel". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Athlete profile: Keith Tkachuk". 3 February 1998. CNN / Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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Preceded by
Derek King
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1986
Succeeded by
Dean Chynoweth
Preceded by
Position created
Nashville Predators captain
19982002
Succeeded by
Greg Johnson