Thomas Di Pauli
Born (1994-04-29)April 29, 1994,
Caldaro, Italy
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Center / Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Pittsburgh Penguins
WBS Penguins (AHL)
NHL Draft 100th overall, 2012
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2016–present

Thomas "Tommy" Di Pauli von Treuheim (born April 29, 1994) is an Italian-born American professional ice hockey winger who is under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the 4th round, 100th overall in 2012 by the Washington Capitals.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Di Pauli was born April 29, 1994 to Christina DiPauli and Alexander Di Pauli von Treuheim, in Caldaro, a small town in northern Italy where he lived until he was 12 years old.

Di Pauli moved to the United States in 2007 after his brother was scouted by the Chicago Mission AAA Youth Hockey Club. Thomas accompanied his brother to try and make a younger team with the organization; while his brother, Theo, was playing for the Chicago Mission Bantam Major AAA team, Thomas successfully tried out for the Chicago Mission Bantam Minor AAA team.[1] Di Pauli graduated to the Bantam Major AAA team, and then the Under-16 team in the subsequent two years.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

After graduating from the Chicago Mission organization, Di Pauli joined the US National Team Development Program of the junior United States Hockey League (USHL), before committing to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish for college hockey and marketing in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.[2] Di Pauli served as the Fighting Irish's alternate captain and earned the team's Offensive MVP award in his final season.[2]

Di Pauli was drafted in the 4th round, 100th overall, in 2012 by the Washington Capitals, only the second Italian-born player to ever be drafted to the National Hockey League, after Luca Sbisa was drafted the 19th overall in 2008. After four seasons at Notre Dame, Di Pauli elected to become a free agent instead of signing with Washington, and on August 19, 2016, Di Pauli signed an entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an unrestricted free agent.[3]

In the final year of his entry-level contract in the 2018–19 season, Di Pauli was on track to improve his offensive contribution, posting 15 points in just 29 games before suffering a season ending lower body injury. As an impending restricted free agent, Di Pauli agreed to a one-year, two-way extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 1, 2019.[4]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Di Pauli has one brother, Theo Di Pauli von Treuheim, and one sister, Sandra Di Pauli.[2] Theo played for Chicago Steel of the USHL and Union College where he studied bioengineering and pre-medicine.[5] Thomas moved with his brother, sister and mother to the United States, while their father Alexander remained in Italy and traveled back and forth to see them when he could.[1]

Knowing Italian, Di Pauli is trilingual, as the main language in the town he grew up in was German and his mother, Christina, was from the US, and he would speak English with her.[1]

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
2010–11 U.S. National Development Team USHL 32 4 11 15 16 2 0 1 1 0
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 21 6 5 11 6
2012–13 Notre Dame CCHA 41 5 7 12 31
2013–14 Notre Dame HE 26 3 2 5 12
2014–15 Notre Dame HE 41 8 21 29 24
2015–16 Notre Dame HE 37 14 18 32 16
2016–17 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 21 2 0 2 20
2017–18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 58 12 8 20 38
2018–19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 29 7 8 15 32
2019–20 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 39 8 9 17 24
2019–20 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 10
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 10

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States U17 Silver medal icon.svg 5 2 4 6 8
2012 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg 6 1 0 1 0
2014 United States WJC 5th 5 0 3 3 2
Junior totals 16 3 7 10 10

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Award Year
HE Honorable Mention All-Star Team 2016

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Crechiolo, Michelle (2016-08-20). 5 Things to Know about Thomas Di Pauli.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Thomas DiPauli. Retrieved on 2016-09-06.
  3. Penguins Sign Forward Thomas Di Pauli to a Two-Year Contract. (2016-08-19).
  4. Penguins re-sign Thomas Di Pauli to one-year, two-way contract. Pittsburgh Penguins (2019-05-01). Retrieved on 2019-05-01.
  5. Theo Di Pauli von Treuheim. Retrieved on 2016-09-06.

External links[edit | edit source]

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