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Frank Pietrangelo (born December 17, 1964) is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender.

Frank Pietrangelo
Born (1964-12-17) December 17, 1964 (age 54)
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
Springfield Indians
Minnesota Moose
Muskegon Lumberjacks
Manchester Storm
Kaufbeuren Eagles
Serie A
Asiago HC
HC Bolzano
NHL Draft 67th overall, 1983
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1986–2001

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Pietrangelo started his National Hockey League career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988, winning the Stanley Cup in 1991. He also played for the Hartford Whalers. He left the NHL after the 1994 season. He played several more years in the IHL with the Minnesota Moose, Italy with HC Bolzano and Asiago Hockey AS, Germany in the DEL with Kaufbeuren Eagles, and England in the BISL with the Manchester Storm before retiring after the 2001 season. He was named the Sekonda Face to Watch while playing for Manchester in December 1998.

He is perhaps best known for his play during the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs in place of injured Penguins' starting goaltender Tom Barrasso. In game six of the opening round against the New Jersey Devils, Pietrangelo helped the Penguins stave off elimination with one of the most significant stops in Stanley Cup history, a glove save against Peter Stastny, who was shooting at a mostly-open net at point-blank range. The play, which would become known simply as "The Save," helped the Penguins win the game and the series. The Penguins, with a healthy Barrasso, would eventually win their first Stanley Cup beating the Minnesota North Stars.[1]

Pietrangelo is cousin once-removed to NHL defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.[2]

Frank Pietrangelo played for the University of Minnesota between 1982 and 1986.


  1. ^ Lafferty, Tricia (2008-11-02). "Pietrangelo name evokes vivid memories". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2011-02-05.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The sky's the limit for Blues' defenseman Pietrangelo". 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2012-01-08.

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