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Zac Rinaldo
Rinaldo Bruins.jpg
Born June 15 1990 (1990-06-15) (age 27),
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
F. 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 careerEdit

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.

Zac Rinaldo

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]

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 statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Min.Midg.OMHA2691524101
2006–07Hamilton Red WingsOPJHL44161632193
2006–07Toronto St. Michael's MajorsOHL60002
2007–08Mississauga St. Michael's MajorsOHL63771419140009
2008–09Mississauga St. Michael's MajorsOHL346713112
2008–09London KnightsOHL224131789811226
2009–10London KnightsOHL348715148
2009–10Barrie ColtsOHL262810107420211
2010–11Adirondack PhantomsAHL60369331
2010–11Philadelphia FlyersNHL200012
2011–12Philadelphia FlyersNHL66279232500048
2011–12Adirondack PhantomsAHL411211
2012–13Adirondack PhantomsAHL3123592
2012–13Philadelphia FlyersNHL3232585
2013–14Philadelphia FlyersNHL6722415370004
2014–15Philadelphia FlyersNHL58156102
2015–16Boston BruinsNHL5212383
2015–16Providence BruinsAHL200012
NHL totals275918276551400064

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Flyers Sign Four to Contracts", Philadelphia Flyers, 2009-08-11. Retrieved on 2010-10-06. 
  2. Tim Panaccio (April 17, 2013). Flyers give Rinaldo, Rosehill two-year extensions. CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved on April 17, 2013.
  3. Mike Brehm (January 26, 2015). Zac Rinaldo suspended for eight games. USAToday.com. Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
  4. Flyers trade Zac Rinaldo to Boston. Philadelphia Flyers (June 29, 2015). Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  5. "Bruins' Rinaldo suspended five games". The Sports Network (2016-03-01). Retrieved on 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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