Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Roberto Romano
Roberto Romano made his ascent to the pro ranks while backstopping for the Quebec Ramparts and the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL from 1979 to 1982. The diminutive but stocky little goalkeeper was selected a First-Team All-Star during his final campaign with the Olympiques.

In spite of his all-star status, however, Romano was never selected in the NHL draft. Instead, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins who sent him to tend goal for the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL. Later in the campaign, the Pens brought him up for three games of showering pucks. Romano skedaddled back to the AHL with three losses to his credit and a goal-against average of 6.95.

Such was the nature of his experience with the struggling Penguins. Over the course of his four seasons with the club, his frustration mounted as he grew tired of minor-league demotions, travelling and getting bombed with opposition shots. At the close of the 1994-95 season, Romano had finally had enough. The 22-year-old announced his retirement from hockey.

But an introspective summer caused him to think twice about giving up on a career he'd worked so hard to develop. As a result, he cancelled his retirement plans and showed up for training camp the following year. Humbled and with a fresh frame of mind, he played his dogged best, finally finishing a season above .500 with 21 wins.

In 1986-87, however, his NHL career began to stall. He appeared in only 25 games with the Pens when he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Pat Riggin. Romano appeared in only one game with the Bruins. He lost the match and left town with a 6.00 goals-against average.

After the Bruins debacle, Romano played one additional year in the AHL's Maine Mariners. He then went to Italy where he played for various teams over five seasons. But in spite of the distance he'd traveled, he wasn't quite through with the NHL yet. He returned to the States in 1993 and signed again as a free agent with the Penguins. Both Ken Wregget and Tom Barrasso had been lost to th eteam because of injuries. Romano was rushed into the lineup to appear in two games. He won one and got a no decision in the other. This time he left town with a 1.44 goals-against average and a smile on his face.

He finished out his pro career with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the AHL in 1994.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1979-80 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 52 20 14 3 0 4.52 3 1 2 0 0 7.19
1980-81 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 59 24 24 2 0 4.39 4 1 2 0 0 6.19
1981-82 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1981-82 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 56 34 17 2 1 3.77 13 6 7 0 0 3.95
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 38 19 14 3 0 4.05
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 3 0 0 6.97
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 6 11 0 1 4.59
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 31 23 6 1 0 3.62 9 5 3 0 0 3.97
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 9 17 2 1 4.42
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 12 2 8 2 0 3.67
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 21 20 3 2 3.55
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 9 11 2 0 3.63
1986-87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 5 0 3 0 0 3.94
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 1 0 0 6.00
1986-87 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 1 0 0 0 0 2.77
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL 16 5 8 1 0 3.57
1988-89 HC Merano Italy
1989-90 HC Bolzano Italy 32 0 3.54
1990-91 HC Milano Saima Italy 10 0 3.45
1991-92 HC Milano Alpenliga 29 2 2.74
1991-92 HC Milano Saima Italy 17 1 2.58 2 1 1.00
1991-92 Italy WC-A 3 0 4.37
1992-93 HC Milano Alpenliga 28 0 2.82
1993-94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 1 0 1 0 1.44
1993-94 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 11 2 7 2 1 4.20
NHL Totals 126 46 63 8 4 3.97


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1982) Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, December 6, 1982. Traded to Boston by Pittsburgh for Pat Riggin, February 6, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, October 7, 1993.
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