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NHL PLAYER, Dan Girardi


Born Apr 29, 1984 -- Welland, Ontario, Canada

Daniel Girardi (born April 29, 1984) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL.

Having gone undrafted in the 2003 draft, Girardi signed a free agent, two-way AHL contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate, and began the 2005-06 season with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL. Eventually signed to an NHL deal by the Rangers while playing with the Wolf Pack, Girardi was called up in January 27, 2007, after an injury to Darius Kasparaitis. Since that callup, Girardi has dressed for every regular-season and postseason game that the Rangers have played, except for two games in the 2010–11 season when Girardi was sidelined with a rib injury in late January 2011 (which ended a consecutive games-played streak at 330).


On February 16, 2008, Girardi signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract extension with the Rangers.

On July 9, 2010, Girardi re-signed with the Rangers, signing a four-year, $13.3 million deal. During the 2010-2011 NHL season, Girardi led the NHL in blocked shots with 236.

For the 2011–12 season, Girardi was named an interim alternate captain for the Rangers while Marc Staal was recovering from post-concussion syndrome. In Staal's absence, Girardi led all NHL skaters in average time on the ice, averaging nearly 28 minutes a game. His play earned him a spot in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. Girardi scored his first playoff goal on April 26th, 2012 versus the Ottawa Senators during game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals.

During the 2013–14 season, on February 28, Girardi signed a six-year, $33 million extension with the Rangers. He was named an alternate captain for the Rangers for the remainder of the season when captain Ryan Callahan was traded at the NHL trade deadline to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Girardi's solid defensive play in the playoffs was a key part in the Rangers' run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.  

Girardi became a permanent alternate captain during the 2014–15 season, and spent most of the season on the Rangers' top defensive pairing with captain Ryan McDonagh. During this season, Girardi had 30 or more minutes of ice time in three consecutive games (Nov. 1-5), becoming the first Rangers player to do so since Brian Leetch in 2000-01. Girardi's solid defensive play that season led to the Rangers winning the President's trophy, as well as a run to the Eastern Conference Final, where the Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a hard-fought, 7-game series.

In Game 5 of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Girardi appeared in his 94th postseason game with the Rangers, passing Walt Tkaczuk for most among skaters in franchise history. On Feb. 12, 2016, against the Los Angeles Kings, he became the 11th player to appear in 700 games for the Rangers.


On July 1, 2017, Girardi signed as a free agent a two-year, $6 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning announced through its social media account that Girardi would be wearing the #5, which was a continuation of the number he used as a member of the Rangers.



Girardi lands in Tampa Bay with Lightning July 03, 2017

Dan Girardi is now a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, after spending the first 11 years of his career in a New York Rangers uniform. Signed on July 1st to a two-year, $6 million deal, the Welland, Ontario-native will look to bolster the young Lightning defence corps, bringing his vast experience (122 playoff games) and grit to the squad. The 33-year-old defenseman tallied 230 points (46 goals, 184 asssists) in 788 games with the New York Rangers.

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Undrafted Girardi saved the Rangers’ 2003 Entry Draft May 22, 2015

Known for being one of the best draft classes in NHL history, 2003 is also known for being the year the New York Rangers missed out on a plethora of talented future NHLers.  Luckily for the Rangers, they found a diamond in the rough that year; a free agent named Dan Girardi, a defensive-type defenseman that was passed on by every NHL team. The Welland, Ontario-native has gone on to carve out an excellent NHL career, all with the Rangers. He has been their first pairing, shutdown D-man for the past six years, and has played more games than any other defenseman since he broke into the league in 2007-08.

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Girardi helps guide Rangers to victory November 06, 2014

Dan Girardi assisted on the winning goal in overtime as the New York Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings by the score of 4-3.  It was the 3rd straight game in a row that the 30-year-old defenseman logged more than 30 minutes of ice time. In last Saturday’s shootout loss to the Jets, he logged a career-high 34:50. He currently leads the Rangers in ice-time (26:25) and blocked shots (35), and is 2nd in hits (32).

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Subban, Stamkos among top names invited to Canada’s Olympic camp July 23, 2013

With the Sochi 2014 Olympics right around the corner, Hockey Canada announced their preliminary list of 47 players for the nation’s upcoming orientation camp in late August. Headlining that list is the newly crowned Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, along with 2-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard award winner Steven Stamkos. Other notable invitees include: Drew Doughty, Jordan Eberle, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Brad Marchand, James Neal, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, and Mike Richards.

For more on this story, keep reading the piece here.

For more on Subban's reaction to being invited to the Olympic camp, check out the article here.

Girardi and Richards score in Rangers win; Lundqvist nominated for Vezina May 09, 2013

It was an all around, feel good day for the New York Rangers. Just hours after their star goaltender got the nod for his 5th Vezina trophy nomination, they skated off the ice with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, tying up the series in the process.

Brad Richards opened the scoring with his first goal of the playoffs. It was an effective night for the Murray Harbour native, who also registered 4 shots on net.

On defense, Dan Girardi earned the 3rd star after turning in a tour de force performance.  The blue-liner did it all on the night, blocking shots, making hits, and even chipping in with a goal that gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the third period. His 29:35 of ice-time was second only to teammate Ryan McDonagh.

On his end, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 30 shots, making a big save on Joel Ward late in the game to consolidate the victory.

For more on Lundqvist and the Vezina conversation, check out the ESPN story here.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the TSN article here.