Rocco Grimaldi
Position Centre
Shoots Right
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
160 lb (73 kg)
F. Teams
North Dakota Fighting Sioux
U.S. National Development Team (USHL)
Born (1993-02-08)February 8, 1993,
Anaheim, CA, USA
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 2011
Florida Panthers
Pro Career present

Rocco Grimaldi (born in Rossmoor, California) is an American ice hockey player. He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

At the age of five, Grimaldi started to play roller hockey in California. In 2005, Grimaldi's family relocated to Michigan so that he could play against a better level of competition.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

USA Hockey[edit | edit source]

During the 2009-10 season, Grimaldi led the United States Under 17 national team in scoring with 40 points in 36 games.[2] He was then promoted to the Under 18 team and helped the team win their second straight World Championship on April 10, 2010.[3] In the gold medal game versus Sweden, Grimaldi had one goal and one assist as the United States triumphed by a 3-1 mark. Rocco Grimaldi scored twice vs. Finland on Friday, November 12 at the 2010 Men's Under-18 Four Nations Cup.[4]

NCAA[edit | edit source]

Grimaldi has committed to the University of North Dakota.

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • U17 WHC All-Star Team (2009–10)
  • U17 WHC Gold Medal (2009–10)
  • U17 WHC Most Assists (2009–10)
  • U17 WHC Most Points (2009–10)
  • 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships Gold Medal (2009–10)
  • USHL All-Star Game (2010–11)

References[edit | edit source]

  2. Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where Will They Be?, p.126
  3. Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where Will They Be?, p.126
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