AUDIO: DiPietro Signs With Canucks
Amherstburg native Michael DiPietro has signed his first National Hockey League contract.
A star goaltender with the Windsor Spitfires, DiPietro has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
He tells AM800 Sports it hasn't really set in yet.
"It's awesome to be part of an organization like Vancouver and then to finally seal the deal with a contract is something that has been a goal of mine ever since being drafted by them," says DiPietro, "I'll keep progressing, keep moving forward and hopefully to my final goal which is play in the NHL one day."
He was recently named the Ontario Hockey League Goalie of the Year and was part of Canada's roster at the World Hockey Championship.
(Photo courtesy of OHL Images)
The 18-year-old appeared in 56 games this season carrying a 29-21-3-1 record and produced a league-high seven shutouts while posting the league's third lowest goals-against-average with a mark of 2.79 and a save percentage of .910 that tied for fourth overall.
His seven shutouts not only led the OHL this season but established a new Spitfires single season record surpassing the mark of six he set in 2016-17 and raised his career total to 15, also a team best.
He says none of this would be possible without support from his family, especially his mom and dad.
"Early mornings at the arena definitely don't go unnoticed, I really am appreciative for all they have done for me and this contract really isn't for me it's for them and really it just shows with hard work and the right people behind you, anyone can achieve anything."
DiPietro was selected by the Canucks in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft going 64th overall.
In three seasons with his hometown Spitfires, DiPietro has compiled 75 career wins and sits just three behind franchise record holder Andrew Engelage with 78 from 2006-09.
His 15 career shutouts are also one shy of the OHL record 16 set by Thomas McCollum between Guelph and Brampton from 2006-09.
DiPietro also backstopped the Spitfires to a 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup title winning on home ice where he was named top goaltender and to the tournament's all-star team.