NHL PLAYER, Michael Del Zotto
Born Jun 24, 1990 -- Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
Selected by New York Rangers round 1 #20 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Michael Del Zotto (born June 24, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Del Zotto began his hockey career with the Stouffville Clippers A of the Whitchurch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association (WSMHA). He then played for the Richmond Hill Stars and the Markham Waxers in the OMHA's Eastern AAA League (OMHA). His Waxers minor hockey club also featured future NHL'ers Steven Stamkos, Cody Hodgsonand Cameron Gaunce. The group won eight consecutive OMHA titles from 1999-2006 and the OHL Cup in Minor Midget. Del Zotto was the 2nd overall selection by theOshawa Generals in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.
Del Zotto was selected 20th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a contract with the Rangers on May 26, 2009.
On October 2, 2009, Del Zotto made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At age 19, he became the youngest defenceman in Rangers history to play on an opening night. Del Zotto scored his first NHL goal the next day, against Pascal Leclaire of the Ottawa Senators, in the Rangers' home opener. Del Zotto proved he was an asset to the team and, as a result, averaged 20–25 minutes per game.
Del Zotto was awarded the NHL's Rookie of the Month award for October 2009 after posting 12 points in his first 14 professional games. Placing second in scoring amongst all rookie defencemen with 37 points in 80 games, Del Zotto was also named to the 2010 NHL All-Rookie Team.
Del Zotto had a highly-successful 2011–12 campaign for New York, tallying ten goals and 31 assists in 77 games.
As a Restricted Free Agent during the 2012 NHL lockout, he signed a temporary contract with European club Rapperswil-Jona Lakersof the Swiss National League A on October 31, 2012. In 9 games for the Lakers, Del Zotto produced 2 goals and 7 points before returning to North America in anticipation for the shortened 2012–13 season. Upon a resolution to the NHL lockout, Del Zotto was re-signed to a two-year contract with the Rangers on the opening day of training camp on January 13, 2013.
On January 22, 2014, Del Zotto was traded by the Rangers to the Nashville Predators for Kevin Klein.
On August 5, 2014, Del Zotto signed on a one-year 1.3 million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. Following the 2014–15 NHL season in which Del Zotto tied his career-high in goals with 10, he became a restricted free agent. The Philadelphia Flyers made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Del Zotto filed for salary arbitration. The two sides came to an agreement on contract of two years, $7.75 million before the arbitration hearing.
On July 1, 2017, Del Zotto signed a two-year, $6 million dollar contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
Del Zotto attended St. Brother André Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario, then later on attended St. Andrew's College in nearby Aurora. He wore number 4 in junior and in the NHL with the Rangers in homage to Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr. Del Zotto's father, Steven Del Zotto, was a football player at York University and was drafted as a wide receiver by the Toronto Argonauts in the eighth round, 66th overall, of the 1986 CFL Draft. Del Zotto has done charitable work, including Madison Square Garden's "Garden of Dreams" foundation, in which a segment of his work was featured in Lisa Varga's Beyond the Offseason.
On February 25, 2019, Del Zotto was traded to the St. Louis Blues for a sixth round draft pick in 2020.
Del Zotto excited for fresh start in Vancouver August 23, 2017
Michael Del Zotto is looking forward to beginning a new chapter in his career this season, after signing a two-year-deal with the Vancouver Canucks in July. A veteran of what soon will be 9 NHL seasons, the 27-year-old defenseman is keen on being a leader for his new team, on and off the ice. A native of Stouffville, Ontario, Del Zotto is also excited by the prospect of playing in a Canadian market for the first time, after playing the enirety of his career in the United States with the Rangers, Flyers and Predators.
For more on Del Zotto, keep reading the sportsnet.ca article here.
Del Zotto scores in 2nd straight game; Flyers win December 02, 2016
Michael Del Zotto was instrumental in the Flyers’ comeback victory last night, scoring a goal in their 3-2, overtime win versus the Senators. The 26-year-old defenseman scored his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2, and would go on to finish the game with 3 shots on net, 4 blocked shots and 5 hits. The Stouffville, Ontario-native is currently on a 3-game point streak (2 goals, 1 assist) and has had a solid start to his 2016-17 campaign, with 7 points in 10 games.
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.
Del Zotto and Schenn contribute to Flyers win January 08, 2016
Michael Del Zotto scored twice and Brayden Schenn added two assists last night, as the Philadelphia Flyers came away with a 4-3, overtime win against the Minnesota Wild. Del Zotto was named the first star of the contest after scoring the game-winning goal and leading his team in ice-time with 27:02. As for Schenn, his two-assist performance garnered him 2nd star honours. The 24-year-old center has been on fire of late, registering 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last 3 games.
For more on the Flyers’ win, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Del Zotto staying in Philadelphia July 17, 2015
After a successful first season with the Philadelphia Flyers, Michael Del Zotto agreed to a new contract on Thursday, signing up with the club for a reported $7.75 million over two years. The 25-year-old defenseman had his best season since 2011-12, registering 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in just 64 games played.
For more on Del Zotto, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Del Zotto named first star in Flyers’ win March 02, 2015
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored the winning goal last night, as the Philadelphia Flyers topped the New York Rangers by a score of 4-2. The 24-year-old D-man has turned out to be one of the best free agent acquisitions in 2014-15, providing the Flyers with a stabilizing force on the back end.
It has been a bounce back year for the North York, Ontario-native, who has put up similar numbers to his breakout season in 2011-12 where he registered 41 points in 77 games. In 51 games this year, he has scored 8 goals (including 4 game winners) and 17 assists. He has also been one of the more trusted defensemen on the Flyers blue line, logging an average of 21:16 per game.
For more on Del Zotto, keep reading the philly.com post here.
Del Zotto ready for new challenge August 06, 2014
After agreeing to a 1-year, $1.3 millon deal with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Michael Del Zotto is excited to start a new chapter in his career. The offensive-minded D-man is just a couple of years removed from a 10-goal, 41 point season with the New York Rangers, and sees the Flyers as a good fit for his puck-moving prowess. The 24-year-old played for the Nashville Predators last season, registering 16 point in 67 contests.
For more on the Del Zotto signing, keep reading the nhl.com story here.