Friday, January 25, 2008

DiPietro All-Star facts

Courtesy of our media relations assistant Adam Baruch, here are some facts and stats on Rick's first All-Star appearance:

Rick is...

...the youngest of the six goaltenders to appear in this year’s All-Star Game. He is five years and 77 days younger than Tomas Vokoun, the next youngest goalie in this year’s game. (The younger Roberto Luongo is skipping the game to be with his family).

...the sixth youngest player on the Eastern Conference roster behind: Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Richards, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal. one of six Eastern Conference players to make their first All-Star appearance and one of 13 total in the game (14 if you count Paul Stastny, who is injured).

...the 27th individual Islander to appear in the All-Star game. His appearance is the 55th by an Islander.

...the third goaltender to appear as an Islander in the All-Star game and first since Bill Smith in 1978 (Chico Resch appeared twice and Smith once).

The Islanders have had one MVP in an All-Star game and it was Smitty in 1978, the last time an Islanders goaltender appeared in the game.

And believe it or not, Rick (4) is not the assist leader among the goalies at the All-Star game. Tomas Vokoun has five for the Panthers.

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