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DiPIETRO TO UNDERGO ABDOMINAL SURGERY

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that Rick DiPietro will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. The procedure will sideline the Islanders goaltender for 10 weeks.

DiPietro, 30, has been sidelined since December 3, first with a groin strain and then with what is classified as a sports hernia and knee swelling. The Winthrop, MA, native has appeared in eight games this season, posting a 3-2-3 record.

The Islanders selected DiPietro with the first overall pick in the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft. In 315 career NHL games, he has a 130-133-8-28 (W-L-T-OT) record with a 2.86 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. DiPietro was named an NHL All-Star in 2008 in Atlanta and started in goal for the Eastern Conference All Stars.

On the international stage, DiPietro has represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the 2005 World Cup, the 2001 World Championships and the 2001 and 1999 World Junior Championships. 
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