ESPN Radio Host & Analyst, NHL
Rick DiPietro is an analyst for NHL coverage on ESPN. DiPietro joined the ESPN broadcast team in 2021, where he serves as an analyst for select NHL season games.
DiPietro currently appears on “DiPietro & Rothenberg” on 98.7 FM ESPN New York. He began his radio broadcasting career in August 2014 serving as a fill-in with Alan Hahn and now appears on the station full-time. In addition, DiPietro was hired by MSG to serve as a commentator for Islanders telecasts.
DiPietro is a former all-star goalie from the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. DiPietro, who grew up in Winthrop, Mass., was the first American-born goalie to be drafted No. 1 overall. The Islanders selected him with the first pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. He was also the first goaltender chosen No. 1 since 1968.
DiPietro played 12 seasons in the NHL and from 2005-08, was statistically one of the top 10 goaltenders in the NHL. He boasted a .902 save percentage and a 2.87 goals against average over his career, along with 16 shutouts. In the postseason, DiPietro’s numbers improved to .904 and 2.60. He represented Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.
Before the NHL, DiPietro emerged as one of the top collegiate players in the country for Boston University. He won MVP at the historic Beanpot Tournament and led the Terriers to the coveted championship. In the NCAA East Regionals, DiPietro made an NCAA Tournament record 77 saves — the most in a collegiate game since 1965 — in an epic and exhausting four overtime loss to St. Lawrence.
DiPietro currently resides in Long Island, New York with his wife and three children.