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Dan Girardi
Dan Girardi
Defenseman  - NYR
(jih-RAHR-dee)
Number: 5
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 203
Shoots: Right
Born: Apr 29, 1984  (Age 30)
Birthplace: Welland, ON, Canada
Hometown: Welland, Ontario
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Acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Rangers on July 1, 2006.
NHL CAREER
2012-13: Led the NHL in blocked shots (125) and ranked eighth in average time on ice (25:24) ... Led the team in TOI and blocked shots ... Ranked third among Rangers defensemen in assists (12) and points (14) ... Captured the John Halligan Good Guy Award, selected by the NY chapter of the PHWA, recognizing cooperation with the media ... Was credited with four hits, tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and logged a Rangers’ season-high, 30:32 of ice time on Apr. 25 at CAR; it was the first time this season, and 14th of his career, he logged 30:00+ of ice time in a game ... Led all skaters with a career-high, eight shots on goal in 27:52 of ice time on Apr. 23 at FLA ... Notched his first career overtime goal on Apr. 13 at NYI ... Tied his career-high with a three-game point streak from Feb. 10 vs. TBL to Feb. 14 vs. NYI (one goal, three assists over the span) ... Tied his career-highs with two assists/ points and posted a career-high, plus-four rating on Feb. 10 vs. TBL, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to injury ... Missed two games from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7 due to injury, ending a streak of 145 consecutive games played (regular sea- son + playoffs) dating back to Feb. 1, 2011; Has missed four games to injury out of a possible 544 career games (regular season + playoffs) since making his NHL on Jan. 27, 2007 ... Established a playoff career-high in power play goals (two) ... Led the Rangers and was ninth in the NHL in playoff blocked shots (36) ... Led the team in playoff power play goals and average ice time (25:52) ... Ranked third on the team in playoff hits (37) and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating (plus-two) ... Tied Brad Park for 14th on the Rangers all-time list in playoff games played (64) ... Extended his consecutive playoff games played streak to 64, dating back to his NHL playoff debut on Apr. 12, 2007 at ATL. 2011-12: Established career-highs in plus/minus rating (plus-13), hits (211), power-play assists (nine), and game-winning goals (two). ... Is one of seven Rangers who skated in all 82 games. ... Is the Rangers’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”. ... Ranked fourth in the NHL in average ice time (26:14), and tied for fifth in blocked shots (185) and 23rd in hits (211). ... Led the team in average ice time and blocked shots, ranked fifth in power play assists (nine), sixth in power play points (10), third in hits, and ranked third among team defensemen in goals (five), assists (24) and points (29). ... Tallied an assist while making his first career All-Star Game appearance on Jan. 29. ... Has logged 30:00+ ice time 12 times in his career, including eight times this season. ... Tallied his 20th assist of the season and was credited with three blocked shots in 24:25 of ice time on Mar. 13 vs. CAR; It is the second time in his career, and second consecutive season, he has reached the 20-assist mark. ... Recorded his 20th point of the season with an assist and was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots in 23:11 of ice time on Feb. 19 vs. CBJ; Marks the fifth straight season he reached the 20-point plateau. ... Led all skaters with a career-high, 33:46 of ice time on Feb. 7 at NJD. ... Tallied his 100th career NHL assist and led all skaters with 33:31 of ice time on Jan. 21 at BOS. ... Was credited with four hits and tied the NHL Winter Classic record with four blocked shots in a game-high, 28:35 of ice time on Jan. 2 at PHI. ... Established playoff career-highs in games played (20), goals (three), assists (nine), points (12), plus/minus rating (plus-six), game-winning goals (three), shots (35), power play goals (one), power play assists (three) and power play points (four). ... Led all league defensemen and tied for first in the NHL overall in game-winning goals during the playoffs. ... Ranked third in the league in blocked shots (54). ... Ranked third among NHL defensemen in playoff points and assists, tied for second in power play points, third in goals, power play goals and power play assists, fourth in shots, and ranked ninth in plus/minus rating. ... Led the team and ranked ninth in the NHL in average ice time (26:51). ... Ranked second on the team in points, plus/minus rating and blocked shots, tied for first in assists, fifth in goals, and second in power play assists and power play points. ... Posted a three-game assist streak to begin the playoffs from Apr. 12 vs. Ottawa to Apr. 16 at Ottawa (three assists) … Notched his first career playoff goal with the series clincher on Apr. 26 vs. Ottawa in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. ... Registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in an eight-game span from May 2 at Washington to May 19 at New Jersey. ... Tallied an assist on the overtime, game-winning goal, was credited with six hits and six blocked shots, and logged a career-high, 44:26 of ice time in the Rangers’ triple overtime victory on May 2 at Washington. ... Skated in his 50th career playoff game on May 21 at New Jersey. 2010-11: Established career-highs in assists (27) and points (31). ... Led all Rangers defensemen and ranked second and seventh on the team, respectively, in assists and points. ... Led the league with a career-high, 236 blocked shots, and ranked second on the Rangers and 15th in the NHL with a career-high in average ice time (24:34. ... Logged 30:00 or more minutes three times, including a career-high, 32:36, on Apr. 3 at Philadelphia; has surpassed 30:00 minutes of ice time four times in his career. ... Established a new career high in points with a goal, and added a power play assist to reach the 30-point mark for the first time in his career on March 18 vs. Montreal. ... Was credited with a season-high, nine blocked shots in 30:11 at San Jose on March 12. .... Did not dress on Jan. 24 at Washington due to injury, halting his consecutive games played streak at 330 games (357 games including playoffs) dating back to his NHL debut on Jan. 27, 2007. ... Tallied his 20th assist of the season at Atlanta on Jan. 22, marking the first time in his career he reached the plateau. ... Recorded his 100th career NHL point with an assist at Tampa Bay on Jan. 1. ... Skated in his 300th career NHL contest on Nov. 19 at Colorado. ... Tallied two assists, registering an assist on the Rangers’ first goal of the season as well as on the game-winning goal, and tied for the team-high with a plus-three rating in the season opener on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. ... Led the Rangers with 26 blocked shots in five playoff games. ... Ranked fifth on the team with 16 hits. 2009-10: Led the team and ranked sixth in the NHL in blocked shots. ... Ranked second among team defensemen and ninth on the team overall in even strength scoring, registering 19 of his 24 points at even strength. ... Ranked third among team defensemen in goals and points, and fourth in assists. ... Tied for first among team defensemen and second overall in hits, and ranked second on the Rangers in average icetime and third on the team with a plus-nine rating at home. ... One of four Rangers to skate in all 82 games. ... The Rangers posted a record of 4-1-0 when he registered a goal. ... Tied a career-high three-game assist/point steak (three assists) from Dec. 16 vs. the NY Islanders to Dec. 19 at Philadelphia. ... Tallied a goal and blocked a season-high seven shots on Nov. 7 at Calgary. ... Recorded his first career multi-goal game with two goals on Oct. 12 vs. Toronto. ... Registered one assist and a plus-three rating while skating in his 200th career NHL game on Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa. 2008-09: Skated in 82 games with the Rangers, recording four goals and 18 assists for 22 points, along with 53 penalty minutes. ... One of six Rangers to skate in all 82 games. ... Tied for 15th in the NHL with 207 hits. ... Posted five multi-point performances on the season. ... Recorded his 50th NHL point with one assist on Dec. 17 at Los Angeles. ... Recorded a three-game assist streak from Nov. 8 at Washington to Nov. 12 at New Jersey, registering four assists over the span. 2007-08: Skated in 82 games with the Rangers, registering 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points, along with 14 penalty minutes ... Tied for 20th in the NHL among defensemen in goals (10) ... Ranked second on the team among defensemen in goals (10), assists (18), points (28), and power play goals (five) ... Ranked second on the team in average icetime per game (21:11) ... Ranked third on the team in hits (179) ... Ranked second on the team with 123 blocked shots ... One of five Rangers to skate in all 82 games this season ... Registered his 10th goal of the season, registered three hits and blocked three shots on Apr. 4 vs. the Islanders ... Tallied a shorthanded assist on Mar. 4 vs. the Islanders ... Tallied a goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime win vs. Montreal on Dec. 30 ... Notched two power play points (one goal and one assist), including the game-winning goal, in a 4-2 win vs. Carolina on Dec. 26 ... Collected a power play assist on Nov. 29 vs. the Islanders to set a new career-high in points (seven) ... Tallied two assists, including the first power play assist of his career, on Nov. 8 in a 4-2 victory vs. the Penguins ... Notched his first career NHL goal, on the power play, on Oct. 18 at Atlanta ... Also appeared in 10 post-season contests with the Rangers, recording three assists and six penalty minutes ... Led the team and tied for 11th in the league with 50 hits. 2006-07: Appeared in 34 games with the Rangers, registering six assists and a plus seven rating. ... Tied for ninth among NHL rookies in plus/minus (plus-7). ... Posted a plus or even rating in 28 of his first 34 NHL games. ... The Rangers posted a 19-9-6 record with him in the lineup. ... Recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating on Apr. 5 vs. Montreal. ... Recorded season-highs in hits (six) and plus/minus (plus-three) on April 1 vs. Toronto; Also tied a season-high with four blocked shots in the game. ... Logged a season-high 20:54 of ice-time on Mar. 24 at Boston. ... Registered a pair of assists and posted a plus-2 rating on March 21 vs. Philadelphia … Registered two assists, his first career NHL points, and posted a plus-one rating on Feb. 17 vs. Philadelphia. ... Made his Rangers/NHL debut on Jan. 27 at Philadelphia. ... Skated in 10 post-season games with the Rangers ... Ranked second on the team with 21 blocked shots and tied for third on the team with 21 hits in the playoffs.

MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER
Skated in 118 career games with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) and Charlotte Checkers (ECHL), registering 11 goals and 57 assists for 68 points, along with 66 penalty minutes. 2006-07: Skated in 45 games with Hartford (AHL), registering two goals and 22 assists for 24 points, along with a plus-four rating and 16 penalty minutes. ... At the time of his recall, ranked first on the Wolf Pack in assists (22) and fourth on the team in scoring with 24 points.. ... Was voted a starter in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, but was unable to play due to his recall to the Rangers on Jan. 25.. ... Recorded four multi-point games with the Wolf Pack.. ... Posted a season-high six-game point/assist streak from Nov. 18 at San Antonio to Nov. 26 at Worcester, collecting nine assists over the span; Marked a career-best assist streak and tied his career-high for a point scoring streak. ... Collected three assists and recorded eight shots on goal on Nov. 22 vs.Worcester. ... Registered three assists and seven shots on goal on Nov. 11 vs. San Antonio (Second Star). 2005-06: Spent a majority of the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, registering eight goals and 31 assists for 39 points, along with 44 penalty minutes in 66 games. ... Finished the season with a plus-14 rating. ... Ranked second in scoring among Wolf Pack defensemen with 39 points. ... Named to the 2005-06 AHL All-Rookie Team. ... After being recalled from Charlotte on Nov. 12, recorded 11 multi-point games for Hartford. ... Posted a six- game scoring streak from Feb. 24 to Mar. 4, collecting four goals and seven assists over the span. ... Netted two goals, including game winner, on Mar. 4 at Houston. ... Tied a team season-high, posting a five-game assist streak from Feb. 24 to Mar. 3, notching seven assists over the span. ... Tallied the game-winning goal, his first as a pro, and added an assist in a 5-4 victory on Feb. 25 vs. Albany. ... Registered three assists in a 3-1 win over Albany on Feb. 17. ... Registered three assists in a 6-3 victory vs. Springfield on Jan. 25. ... Notched his first career AHL goal on Nov. 23 vs. Albany. ... Recalled from Charlotte (ECHL) on Nov. 12 and recorded an assist in his AHL debut that night at Lowell. ... Appeared in 13 postseason contests with Hartford, collecting four goals and five assists, along with eight penalty minutes. ... Tied for seventh among AHL defensemen in postseason scoring with nine points. ... Led Wolf Pack defensemen in postseason scoring with nine points. ... Had a game-high, six shots on goal in professional playoff debut on Apr. 18 vs. Manchester. ... Also appeared in seven games with the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), notching one goal and four assists along with six penalty minutes.

JUNIOR CAREER
Appeared in 231 career games with Barrie, Guelph and London of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), collecting 21 goals and 96 assists for 117 points, along with 137 penalty minutes. ... In five seasons of junior hockey, reached the OHL Finals three times (2002, 2004 and 2005), winning the Championship with Guelph in 2004 and London in 2005. ... Also captured the Memorial Cup Championship with London in 2005. 2004-05: Skated in 38 contests with Guelph, notching five goals and 20 assists for 25 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. ... Served as the team’s alternate captain. ... Also appeared in 31 games with the London Knights, registering four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, along with 14 penalty minutes. ... Competed in 18 postseason matches with London, tallying six assists and 10 penalty minutes. ... Won the OHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship with London.2003-04: Appeared in 68 games with Guelph, notching eight goals and 39 assists for 47 points, along with 55 penalty minutes. ... Served as the team’s alternate captain. ... Led team defensemen with 47 points. ... Competed in 22 postseason matches with Guelph, collecting two goals and 17 assists, along with 10 penalty minutes. ... Captured the OHL Championship with Guelph. 2002-03: Appeared in 31 games with Barrie, collecting three goals and 13 assists for 16 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. ... Also skated in 36 games for the Guelph Storm, registering one goal and 13 assists, along with 20 penalty minutes. ... Appeared in 11 postseason matches for Guelph, tallying nine assists and 14 penalty minutes. 2001-02: Skated in 21 games with Barrie, registering one assist. ... Also appeared in 20 postseason contests and reached the OHL Finals with Barrie. 2000-01: Appeared in six games with the Barrie Colts.

BACKGROUND
Hockey idol growing up was Mark Messier. ... Lists his most memorable hockey moments as his first NHL game vs. Philadelphia and winning the 2005 Memorial Cup. ... Enjoys playing golf in the offseason. ... Made a guest appearance, along with fellow teammates, on the Sept. 30, 2009, episode of "Late Show with David Letterman" to present the top 10 list. ... Lists U2 as his favorite band. ... First job was as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant. ... Claims to be the most organized player on the team. ... His favorite television show is "Family Guy". ... Was teammates with Ryan Callahan on the Guelph Storm in Juniors, from 2002-03 to 2004-05. ... Married – wife, Pamela; son, Landon.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
July 1, 2006 - Signed with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 3, (eight times) (last -- Dec. 12, 2010, to Dec. 16, 2010) (one goal and four assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK:
2 from Oct. 11, 2009, to Oct. 12, 2009 (three goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 3, (five times) (last --  Dec. 12, 2010, to Dec. 16, 2010)  (four assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 2 on Oct. 12, 2009, vs. Toronto (Toskala)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2, (15 times) (last -- Nov. 25, 2011, at Washington)

MOST POINTS, GAME: 2, (23 times) (last -- Nov. 25, 2011, at Washington) (two assists)

MOST PIM, GAME: 17 on March 15, 2009, vs. Philadelphia

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 8 on April 23, 2013, at Florida

FIRST NHL GAME: Jan. 27, 2007 at Philadelhpia

FIRST NHL GOAL: Oct. 18, 2007 at Atlanta (Hedberg)

FIRST NHL ASSIST: Feb. 17, 2007,  vs. Philadelphia