courtesy of ‘Uncleweed’
The NHL announced its Hall of Fame inductees yesterday and former Capitals player Dino Ciccarelli will be the fifth Capitals player inducted into the NHL’s shrine of hockey history. Ciccarelli joins women hockey players Cammi Granato and Angela James in the player category.
Ciccarelli played four seasons with the Caps, from March 1989 when he joined the team near the trade deadline thru 1992. During his Caps career, Ciccarelli knocked in 112 goals and 209 points across 223 career games. All four seasons with the team, Ciccarelli and the Caps made the playoffs where Dino was among the top two playoff goal or point scorers every year. “This is a tremendous honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Ciccarelli told ESPN. “I really appreciate the support of my coaches, the fans and mostly importantly my family throughout my 19-year career.” Dino’s 19 year NHL career was with four other teams after the Caps: the Minnesota North Stars, Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Florida. Over his career, he recorded 608 goals and 592 assists in 1,232 games.
With the inclusion of Ciccarelli, the Capitals now have five members of the Hall who played on the team, joining Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Larry Murphy, and Scott Stevens.
Oh, Dino… my favorite memory of him was from when he played in Detroit, and he used to park himself in front of Patrick Roy to screen him during the Avs/Wings glory days. Roy would get annoyed with him and ‘cup-check’ him with his stick, smacking him in the crotch. Dino would get mad, turn around and do something stupid, and the Avs would get an easy power play.
Hard to believe that guy is going to the Hall. Even harder to believe that he’s going, but Adam Oates and Petr Bondra aren’t. Who’s voting for this anyway?