Zachary Rinaldo (born June 15, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames. He is known for his rough and physical style of play and for being an enforcer.[1]

Zac Rinaldo
Zac Rinaldo - Boston Bruins.jpg
Rinaldo with the Boston Bruins in 2015
Born (1990-06-15) June 15, 1990 (age 31)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Arizona Coyotes
Nashville Predators
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 178th overall, 2008
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

Rinaldo grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and played his minor AAA hockey for the Hamilton Reps, Cambridge Hawks, Notre Dame Hounds and Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). He is of Italian ancestry.

After his minor midget season with the Jr. Bulldogs, Rinaldo was drafted by the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in the 14th round, 270th overall, in 2006. He spent the following season with the Hamilton Red Wings Jr. A. club in 2006–07 before joining the Majors in 2007–08.

 
Rinaldo with the Colts.

Rinaldo was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round, 178th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. After spending another season in the OHL, on August 11, 2009, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers.[2] Rinaldo started the 2010–11 AHL season playing with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

Rinaldo made his NHL debut on April 22, 2011, in Game 5 of the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres, despite having more suspensions (4) than goals scored (3) for the Flyers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, in the 2010–11 season. He again made the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins, registering two shots.

At the conclusion of the Flyers' training camp in October 2011, Rinaldo made the Flyers' opening night roster for the 2011–12 season, sharing enforcing duties with veteran Jody Shelley.

On April 17, 2013, Rinaldo signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension with Philadelphia.[3]

 
Rinaldo in October 2011.

On January 26, 2015, Rinaldo was suspended eight games for charging Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang; Rinaldo consequently forfeited US$73,170.72 in pay.[4]

Following the 2014–15 season, Rinaldo was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.[5] On March 1, 2016, Rinaldo was suspended by the NHL for five games for an illegal hit delivered to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cédric Paquette in a game two days earlier. Rinaldo was promptly placed on waivers by the Bruins, which he cleared. It was his fourth suspension in five NHL seasons, and as a repeat offender, he forfeited $51,829.25 in pay.[6]

On March 4, 2016, after being sent down to the Providence Bruins of the AHL, and while his NHL suspension was still tolled,[7] Rinaldo again faced suspension for an incident in a game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, his first game after being demoted. Rinaldo received a match penalty for intent to injure for a hit delivered to Bridgeport defenceman Kane Lafranchise. Rinaldo was suspended from the AHL indefinitely.[8] The AHL later announced that Rinaldo would be suspended for five games for a hit targeting the head.[9]

On July 1, 2017, having left the Bruins organization as a free agent after two seasons (and after spending the entire 2016–17 season in the minors), Rinaldo agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.[10] During the 2017–18 season, Rinaldo made his return to the NHL with the Coyotes, playing his first full season since 2015, but not before having to serve the five-game suspension that had been tolled from March 2016.[7] On December 23, 2017, while playing against the Colorado Avalanche, Rinaldo sucker-punched Colorado defenceman Samuel Girard and was suspended for six games.[11]

On July 2, 2018, Rinaldo reunited with former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette in signing as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators.[12] Rinaldo made the Predators opening night roster out of training camp, and remained with the team for the majority of the 2018–19 season, posting 1 goal and 3 points in 23 appearances.

As a free agent from the Predators, Rinaldo went un-signed over the summer before accepting an invitation to attend the Calgary Flames training camp. After a successful try-out with the Flames in the pre-season, Rinaldo was signed to a one-year, two-way $700,000 contract with Calgary on September 29, 2019.[13] On October 9, 2020, the opening day of free agency, Rinaldo was re-signed by the Flames to another one-year, two-way $700,000 contract.

On August 13, 2021, Rinaldo signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a one-year, two-way $750,000 contract.[14] However, after not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Rinaldo was uninvited to the Blue Jackets training camp and told to report to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs AAA SCT U16 26 9 15 24 101
2006–07 Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL 44 16 16 32 193 16 4 4 8 48
2006–07 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 6 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL 63 7 7 14 191 4 0 0 0 9
2008–09 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL 34 6 7 13 112
2008–09 London Knights OHL 22 4 13 17 89 8 1 1 2 26
2009–10 London Knights OHL 34 8 7 15 148
2009–10 Barrie Colts OHL 26 2 8 10 107 4 2 0 2 11
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 60 3 6 9 331
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 12
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 2 7 9 232 5 0 0 0 48
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 4 1 1 2 11
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 31 2 3 5 92
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 3 2 5 85
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 2 2 4 153 7 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 1 5 6 102
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 52 1 2 3 83
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 2 0 0 0 12
2016–17 Providence Bruins AHL 29 5 2 7 20
2017–18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 53 5 2 7 44
2018–19 Nashville Predators NHL 23 1 2 3 20
2018–19 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 3 0 1 1 6
2019–20 Stockton Heat AHL 14 0 7 7 20
2019–20 Calgary Flames NHL 19 3 2 5 34 5 0 0 0 4
2020–21 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 0 0 5
NHL totals 374 18 24 42 758 19 0 0 0 68

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Misey, Bobby (September 11, 2019). "2018-2019 Player Reviews: Zac Rinaldo". ontheforecheck.com. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Flyers Sign Four to Contracts". Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  3. ^ Tim Panaccio (April 17, 2013). "Flyers give Rinaldo, Rosehill two-year extensions". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Mike Brehm (January 26, 2015). "Zac Rinaldo suspended for eight games". USAToday.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "Flyers trade Zac Rinaldo to Boston". Philadelphia Flyers. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Bruins' Rinaldo suspended five games". The Sports Network. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  7. ^ a b "Coyotes' Zac Rinaldo: Must serve suspension". CBS Sports. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Zac Rinaldo suspended indefinitely in AHL, already suspended in NHL". Sportsnet.ca. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  9. ^ "Zac Rinaldo is now suspended in both the NHL and AHL". Yahoo! Sports. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  10. ^ "Coyotes sign Campbell, Hanley, Rinaldo and Sislo". Arizona Coyotes. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  11. ^ "Coyotes' Zac Rinaldo suspended six games for punching Avalanche's Samuel Girard". ESPN.com. December 27, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Preds sign Zac Rinaldo to one-year, two-way deal". Nashville Predators. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  13. ^ "Flames sign Zac Rinaldo". Calgary Flames. September 29, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets sign Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, two-way contract". NHL.com. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  15. ^ Mullen, Logan (September 21, 2021). "Blue Jackets Send Zac Rinaldo To AHL For Not Getting COVID-19 Vaccine". NESN. Retrieved September 21, 2021.

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