No, Michael DiPietro is not related to former New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro, and yes, he does get that a lot. But it was a family member who first encouraged him to play goalie, the position at which he developed into one of the top prospects in this year's draft.
DiPietro, a defenseman at first, remembers attending a game at age 9 in which his step brother, Mark Fenty, was between the pipes. Something clicked when DiPietro watched his brother make a breakaway save. He noticed for the first time how the entire momentum of a game could change with one stop, and he knew he wanted the ability to make that same type of impact.