Bobby Nardella
Born (1996-04-22)April 22, 1996,
Rosemont, Illinois, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Defense
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Washington Capitals
Hershey Bears (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2018–present


Robert Virgil Nardella III[1] (born April 22, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), while under contract with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Minor career[edit | edit source]

Growing up, Nardella attended Rosemont Elementary School and East Leyden High School before graduating from East High School (Sioux City, Iowa).[2] After his freshman year of high school, Nardella decided to drop baseball, basketball and golf to focus on hockey.[3]

Nardella played for the Chicago Mission Midget Minor during the 2011–12 season.[4] He began the following season with the team but was unable to compete in the 2013 USA Hockey National Championships after suffering a knee injury in October.[5]

USHL[edit | edit source]

Nardella was drafted eighth overall in the 2012 USHL Futures Draft by the Sioux City Musketeers.[6] During his rookie season with the Musketeers, he recorded 13 points in 52 games.[1] After impressing scouts during the season, Nardella committed to play collegiate hockey with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish after the 2014-15 season.[7] He was subsequently traded to the Tri-City Storm where he had a breakout season, recording 10 goals and 32 assists to rank third amongst defenseman.[8] As a result, he was selected for the 2014-15 All-USHL Second Team.[9]

Collegiate[edit | edit source]

In his rookie season at Notre Dame, Nardella broke-out onto the collegiate scene tying fifth most points scored overall on the team and was ranked 13th for points-per-game nationally.[2] As a result, he was named the teams Rookie of the Year following the conclusion of the season.[10] He was selected to participate in the Columbus Blue Jackets Development Camp that summer.[11]

In his sophomore season, Nardella helped the Irish participate in the 2017 Frozen Four.[3] At the end of the season, Nardella was invited to participate in the Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp.[12]

During the 2017–18 academic year, Nardella helped the Irish participate in the 2018 National Championship, only to lose to Minnesota–Duluth. After his junior season, Nardella was invited to the Vegas Golden Knights Development Camp.[13]

In his senior year with the Irish, Nardella became the 54th player in program history to record 100 points as he reached a new career high. He finished his last year with the team ranking seventh in scoring among defensemen with 23 goals and 77 assists.[14] Due to his successful season, he was selected for the All-Big Ten First Team[15] and earned Second Team (West) CCM/AHCA All-America honors.[16]

Professional[edit | edit source]

On April 5, 2019, Nardella signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.[17] A few days later, he signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Capitals American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears.[18] He competed with the Capitals during their 2019 Pre-season games.[19] He recorded his first career AHL goal on December 15, 2019, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.[20]

International play[edit | edit source]

Nardella has represented the United States internationally. He represented his home country in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament[21] and at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.[22]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Nardella comes from a hockey involved family. His father, Bob Nardella, is a retired ice hockey player and assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. His great uncle Mike worked for the Chicago Blackhawks organization[3] and his second cousin Frank played NCAA hockey for Dartmouth College.[23] His younger brother Nicholas played in the North American Hockey League.[24] Meanwhile, his mother Alicia is the head administrative assistant for the Rosemont Public Safety Department.[2]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 52 1 12 13 14 6 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Tri-City Storm USHL 56 10 32 42 31 7 2 7 9 4
2015–16 University of Notre Dame B1G 35 4 20 24 18
2016–17 University of Notre Dame B1G 34 7 14 21 26
2017–18 University of Notre Dame B1G 40 5 19 24 14
2018–19 University of Notre Dame B1G 38 8 26 34 20
2018–19 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2019–20 Hershey Bears AHL 41 4 27 31 18
AHL totals 43 4 27 31 20

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States IH18 Silver medal icon.svg 5 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 5 0 1 1 4

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year Ref
USHL
All-USHL Second Team 2015 [9]
College
Hockey East All-Rookie Team 2016
Notre Dame Rookie of the Year 2016 [10]
Big Ten's First Star of the Week 2018 [25]
All-Big Ten First Team 2019 [15]
Second Team (West) CCM/AHCA All-America 2019 [16]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 BOBBY NARDELLA (2018-07-10). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Go, Bobby, Go! (April 5, 2017). Retrieved on July 14, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Notre Dame's Frozen Four appearance thrills Nardella family", Chicago Tribune, April 5, 2017. Retrieved on July 14, 2019. 
  4. "Two high picks for Musketeers in Futures Draft", Sioux City Journal, May 1, 2012. Retrieved on July 20, 2019. 
  5. MIDWEST RIVALS CHICAGO MISSION, HONEYBAKED EYE 16U TITLE (April 5, 2013). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  6. Musketeers Select Five Players in 2012 USHL Futures Draft (May 1, 2012). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  7. IRISH HOCKEY ADDS FIVE DURING EARLY-SIGNING PERIOD (December 6, 2013). Retrieved on July 22, 2019.
  8. Storm End 2014-15 with Much to be Thankful For (May 12, 2015). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 League Names 2014-15 All-USHL Teams (May 28, 2015). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 @NDHockey (April 17, 2016). Freshman defenseman Bobby Nardella is named the team's Rookie of the Year!.
  11. Roster & schedule for 2016 Blue Jackets Development Camp (June 22, 2016). Retrieved on September 9, 2019.
  12. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2017 DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER (as of 06.26.17). Retrieved on September 9, 2019.
  13. VGK Announce 2018 Development Camp Roster and Updated Schedule of Events (June 24, 2018). Retrieved on September 9, 2019.
  14. LED BY NARDELLA AND MORRIS, IRISH EARN FIVE BIG TEN HONORS (March 19, 2019). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  15. 15.0 15.1 All-Big Ten Teams, individual award winners announced for '18-19 season (March 19, 2019). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  16. 16.0 16.1 NARDELLA EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS (April 12, 2019). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  17. Capitals Sign Bobby Nardella (April 5, 2019). Retrieved on July 14, 2019.
  18. BEARS SIGN NARDELLA TO TRYOUT AGREEMENT (April 8, 2019). Retrieved on July 14, 2019.
  19. SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 09/16 (September 16, 2019). Retrieved on September 16, 2019.
  20. @TheHersheyBears (December 15, 2019). Bobby Nardella first pro goal appreciation tweet #HBH.
  21. Turgeon to help U.S. effort at Hlinka tournament (August 2, 2013). Retrieved on July 22, 2019.
  22. NARDELLA SELECTED FOR WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE Junior Hockey News (November 12, 2014). Retrieved on July 20, 2019.
  23. Frank Nardella. Retrieved on January 4, 2019.
  24. Nicholas Nardella. Retrieved on January 5, 2018.
  25. BOBBY NARDELLA NAMED BIG TEN'S FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK (October 23, 2018). Retrieved on September 16, 2019.

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