Former Washington Capital Dino Ciccarelli elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Dino Ciccarelli joins Cammi Granto and Angela James in the player category, along with Jimmy Devellano and Doc Seaman in the builder category, as the NHL’s HOF class for 2010.  Ciccarelli joined in the Caps in March of 1989 when he was traded by the North Stars with Bob Rouse in exchange for Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy. A member of the Caps from 1988 through 1992, he added 112 goals and 97 assists to his career totals of 608 goals and 1,200 points while playing in the Nation’s Capital.  Dino paved the way for career garbage-men (a la Mike Knuble), using his pint size to notch his goals – including 12 in his first 11 games as a Cap. He was very successful in his 3 seasons with Washington, having a 41 goal and 38 goal season (and a injury-shortened 21 goal season) before being traded in 1992.

Dino was considered a long-shot to enter the hall, having been on the ballot since 2002, mostly due to “character issues” such as off-ice altercations with the media, attacking a player with his stick during a game, poor clothing choices while retrieving the newspaper, and a fabled limo ride through Georgetown with scantily clad women. However, his on the ice contributions could not be ignored. He, along with Dave Andreychuk, were the only eligible 600-goal scorers not yet elected to the hall. Ciccarelli currently ranks 16th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.