TORONTO (June 22, 2010) – Former Florida Panthers RW Dino Ciccarelli was announced today as one of the 2010 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Ciccarelli ended his NHL career with the Panthers, playing in 42 games after being acquired from Tampa Bay on January 15, 1998. He recorded 11 goals and 12 assists (23 points) and 55 PIM in 42 games over two seasons with the Cats before hanging up his skates on August 31, 1999.
Ciccarelli reached a milestone while playing in South Florida, scoring the 600th goal his NHL career against Detroit on February 3, 1998, becoming just the ninth player in NHL history to reach that record.
An undrafted free agent, he made his debut with the Minnesota North Stars in 1980-81, played nine seasons with the Stars, leading the team in scoring five times. Overall, he played 19 NHL seasons with five teams (Minnesota, Washington, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Florida) recording 608 goals and 592 assists in 1,232 games played.
“This is a tremendous honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Ciccarelli. “I really appreciate the support of my coaches, the fans and mostly importantly my family throughout my 19 year career.”
Ciccarelli joins Cammi Granato and Angela James in the Player Category of this year's induction while Jimmy Devellano and the late Daryl "Doc" Seaman will be inducted into the Builder Category.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these five hockey legends as Honored Members,” said Jim Gregory. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
Ciccarelli joins a list of former Panthers players and personnel who have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame including Bill Torrey (1995), Roger Neilson (2002), Igor Larionov (2008), Bob Clarke (1987) and Bill Smith (1993).
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/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com
. About HHOF:
Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada where its operations have flourished since June 1993. Its mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of individuals who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect, preserve and exhibit objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world.