The playing days of Dino Ciccarelli are indeed over, but nonetheless the one-time Lightning forward will be reunited with Phil Esposito on Monday afternoon as he is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming just the second player to wear the Lightning sweater, following that of his former General Manager, to receive such honors.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Ciccarelli joined the Lightning prior to the 1996-97 season and instantly became a fan-favorite, recording 46 goals and 77 points in 111 games in a season and a half in the Bay Area. The former Bolts right wing’s successful NHL career culminated with his position as a mainstay on many of the NHL’s all-time lists, including 16th all-time in goals scored. Ciccarelli also ranked in the top 50 among players in career points, and is just one of 48 throughout the history of the league to record at least 1,200 points throughout his career.
Originally signed by the Minnesota North Stars as an undrafted free agent, Ciccarelli compiled a total of 608 goals, 592 assists and 1,200 points before hanging up the skates on August 31, 1999. Even today, he still stands as just one of nine players in history to record at least 600 career goals.
“This is a tremendous honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Ciccarelli told the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee following the announcement of his induction on June 22. “I really appreciate the support of my coaches, the fans and mostly importantly my family throughout my 19-year career.”
Ciccarelli, a four-time NHL All-Star selection, including in 1996-97 with the Lightning, joins Cammi Granato and Angela James in the player category of this year's inductions, while Jim Devellano, a long-time visitor of the Tom McEwen Press Box in the St. Pete Times Forum during Lightning home games, and the late Daryl "Doc" Seaman will be inducted into the Builder Category.
The 2010 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 8, 2010 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2010 Induction Weekend, visit http://www.hhof.com.