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Born June 24, 1990 (1990-06-24) (age 19),
Stouffville, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team New York Rangers
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2008
New York Rangers
Playing career 2009 – present

Michael Del Zotto (born June 24, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

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Early career

Del Zotto began his hockey career with the Stouffville Clippers A of the Whitchchruch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association (WSMHA). He then played for the Richmond Hill Stars AAA and the Markham Waxers AAA (OMHA).[1]

Ontario Hockey League

During his first season with the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Del Zotto helped his home province of Ontario win the gold medal in the 2007 Canada Winter Games.[1]

In his second season with Oshawa, Del Zotto’s 63 points ranked him third among defensemen in the OHL. He made his second OHL playoff appearance when the Oshawa Generals got to the third round in the 2008 OHL playoffs. Del Zotto was chosen for the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game.[1]

On January 8, 2009, Del Zotto was part of a trade that would send him, along with teammates John Tavares and Daryl Borden, to the London Knights for three players and six draft picks.[2]

National Hockey League

Del Zotto was selected 20th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[3] He signed a contract with the Rangers on May 26, 2009.[4]

On October 2, 2009, Del Zotto made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At age 19, he became the youngest defenseman in Rangers history to play on an opening night. Del Zotto scored his first NHL goal the next day, against Pascal Leclaire of the Ottawa Senators, in the Rangers’ home opener.

Del Zotto was awarded the NHL's Rookie of The Month for October, 2009 after posting 12 points in his first 14 professional games.[5]

Personal life

Del Zotto wears number 4 in homage to Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr.[1]

For high school, he attended the prestigious St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Markham Waxers OMHA 73 30 90 120 90
2006−07 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 10 47 57 78 9 3 9 12 14
2007−08 Oshawa Generals OHL 64 16 47 63 82 15 2 6 8 38
2008−09 Oshawa Generals OHL 34 7 26 33 48
2008−09 London Knights OHL 28 6 24 30 30 14 3 16 19 18
OHL totals 190 39 144 183 238 38 8 31 39 70

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