Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Frank Pietrangelo
When Frank Pietrangelo left Niagara Falls to attend the University of Minnesota in 1982, he had no idea he'd be the only Canadian on a team that rarely recruited outside of its own state program. As such, like in all phases of his career, he had to work hard for acceptance.

Although the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted him in 1983, Pietrangelo pursued his education until 1986. The problem was that by then, he couldn't get a tryout with any team. Finally, however, through his connections to the brother-in-law of Muskegon coach Rick Ley, Pietrangelo got a job with the Lumberjacks of the IHL.

A strong performance in Muskegon won him a backup role with the Pens, starting in 1987. But three seasons of bouncing to the minors and back rendered him receptive to offers to play in Italy. The Pens' GM Craig Patrick however, intervened, inking the goalie to a guaranteed NHL contract. And it was fortunate he did. While the Pens were in the hunt for the Stanley Cup in 1990-91, their number one goalie, Tom Barrasso went down with an injury during the first round of the playoffs. The Penguins, having fallen behind to the Devils, 3 games to 2, most observers wrote the team off. But Pietrangelo rose to the occasion, shutting down the opposition thus sustaining Pittsburgh's run to their first-ever Stanley Cup.

In 1992, Pietrangelo was traded to the Hartford Whalers where he played until his demotion to the Springfield Indians of the AHL in 1993. From there, he jumped to the Minnesota Moose of the IHL for one season before temporarily retiring. He then accepted an offer to play in Italy with Balzano and Asiago up until 1998. Since then, he has backstopped for the Manchester Storm in Britain.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1979-80 Niagara Falls Canucks ON-Jr.B 12 0 5.31
1980-81 Brampton Warriors ON-Jr.A 28 0 5.78
1981-82 Brampton Warriors ON-Jr.A 36 30 4 1 1 3.09
1982-83 University of Minnesota WCHA 25 15 6 1 1 3.56
1983-84 University of Minnesota WCHA 20 13 7 0 0 3.47
1984-85 University of Minnesota WCHA 17 8 3 3 0 3.42
1985-86 University of Minnesota WCHA 23 15 7 0 0 3.55
1986-87 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 35 23 11 0 2 3.42 15 10 4 0 0 2.99
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 9 11 0 1 3.98
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 15 11 3 1 2 2.97
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 5 3 0 0 4.04
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 13 10 1 0 1 3.00 9 8 1 0 0 3.07
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 8 6 2 0 4.33
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 12 9 2 1 0 3.30
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 10 11 1 0 3.94 5 4 1 1 3.13
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 2 1 0 0 5.33
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 5 3 1 1 0 2.35 7 3 4 0 2.68
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 30 4 15 1 0 4.85
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 5 11 1 0 3.60
1993-94 Springfield Indians AHL 23 9 10 2 0 3.33 6 2 4 0 0 4.26
1994-95 Minnesota Moose IHL 15 3 8 1 0 4.12
1995-96 HC Asiago Italy
1996-97 HC Bolzano Alpenliga 39 0 3.73
1997-98 Kaufbeurer Adler Germany 14 0 3.21
1998-99 Manchester Storm Britain 63 6 2.14
1998-99 Manchester Storm EuroHL 6 2 3 1 0 3.21
1999-00 Manchester Storm BH-Cup 9 1 1.95
1999-00 Manchester Storm Britain 19 1 3.89
1999-00 Manchester Storm EuroHL 5 0 5 0 0 3.58
NHL Totals 141 46 59 6 1 4.11 12 7 5 1 2.86


Traded to Hartford by Pittsburgh for Hartford's 3rd (Sven Butenschon) and 7th (Serge Aubin) round picks in 1994 NHL Draft, March 10, 1992. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 28, 1994. Officially announced retirement, December 1, 2000.
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