Joseph Cirella (born May 9, 1963) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in 828 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has additionally served as assistant coach and assistant general manager of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. Cirella was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but grew up in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
May 9, 1963|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
5th overall, 1981|
Cirella joined the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) at the age of 17 and served as team captain as the Generals won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions in 1983. He was selected fifth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Rockies.
Cirella played for the Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators during an NHL career that lasted 14 seasons. He scored the first goal, and also registered an assist on the game-winning goal in the 36th National Hockey League All-Star Game, played in his home arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1984. He was the last former Colorado Rockies player in the NHL at the time of his final game. He retired in 1997 after playing one year in Germany with the Kölner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1982–83||New Jersey Devils||NHL||2||0||1||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||New Jersey Devils||NHL||79||11||33||44||137||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||New Jersey Devils||NHL||66||6||18||24||143||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||New Jersey Devils||NHL||66||6||23||29||147||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||New Jersey Devils||NHL||65||9||22||31||111||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||8||31||39||191||19||0||7||7||49|
|1988–89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||3||19||22||155||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||New York Rangers||NHL||19||1||0||1||52||6||0||2||2||26|
|1991–92||New York Rangers||NHL||67||3||12||15||121||13||0||4||4||23|
|1992–93||New York Rangers||NHL||55||3||6||9||85||—||—||—||—||—|
After retiring as a player, Cirella served as an assistant coach with the NHL's Florida Panthers during the 1997-98 season before returning to the Ontario Hockey League where he served in the same capacity with the Oshawa Generals for five seasons. After spending the 2009-10 season in the Peterborough Petes' front office, he returned to the Generals as assistant general manager and assistant coach.
|1997-98||Florida Panthers||NHL||Assistant Coach|
|1998-99||Oshawa Generals||OHL||Assistant Coach|
|1999-00||Oshawa Generals||OHL||Assistant Coach|
|2000-01||Oshawa Generals||OHL||Assistant Coach|
|2002-03||Oshawa Generals||OHL||Assistant Coach|
|2003-04||Oshawa Generals||OHL||Assistant Coach|
|2009-10||Peterborough Petes||OHL||Defensive Consultant|
|2010-11||Oshawa Generals||OHL||Assistant Coach/Assistant GM|
|2012–Present||Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds||OHL||Assistant Coach|
- Cole, Stephen (2006). The Canadian Hockey Atlas. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66093-8.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-12-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2010-07-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
| Colorado Rockies first round draft pick