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Rocco Grimaldi
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Rocco Grimaldi 773119
Position: Forward
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 170
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Rossmoor, Calif.
Club: U.S. NTDP
Major: General Studies
  • Rocco Grimaldi Career Statistics

2013-14 (Sophomore): Received UND’s Cliff “Fido” Purpur Award given to the player who exemplifies hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice … Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Midwest Regional and earned all-tournament honors ... Earned Academic All-NCHC honors ... Won UND’s Virg Foss 3-Star Award with a team-leading plus-13 rating ... Led the team in points (39), goals (17), assists (22) and shorthanded goals (3) and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (3) and power-play points (11) ... Ranked seventh in the NCHC scoring race ... Tied for sixth in the NCHC in goals and tied for eighth in assists ... His three shorthanded goals ranked second in the conference ... Registered his first career hat trick in UND’s 5-2 win over No. 4 Wisconsin in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinal ... Scored an even-strength goal in the second period and added a pair of empty netters 30 seconds apart in the final minute of the third period ... First player in UND history to score two empty net goals in one game ... Led all players with eight shots on goal in that game ... Figured in on a team-leading nine game-winning goals (3g, 6a) ... Collected a team-leading 12 of his points in the third period ... Snapped a 6-game goal-scoring drought in UND’s 5-0 win vs. Western MIchigan in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff third-place game (March 22) ... Named NCHC Offensive Player of the Week on Dec. 16 after a 3-assist weekend in a sweep of Northern Michigan (Dec. 13-14) ... Hada pair of 4-point games, collecting a goal in three assists in the season opener against Vermont (Oct. 11) and in a 9-2 win vs. Miami (Feb. 15) ... Was a career-best plus-4 in the latter ... Had seven multi-point games ... Had a pair of assists in UND’s 4-3 win vs. Colorado College in Game 3 of their NCHC Quarterfinal series ... Put together three different point streaks of five games or longer ... Matched his career best with an 8-game point streak (4-5--9) from Nov. 30 to Jan. 17 … Earned second letter.

2012-13 (Freshman): Selected to All-WCHA Rookie Team ... Voted UND’s Rookie of the Year ... Named to UND’s Spring 2013 Dean’s List ... Led all WCHA rookies and ranked third nationally with 36 points ... Paced all WCHA rookies and ranked second nationally with 23 assists ... Led the nation’s freshmen with 147 shots on goal ... Placed eighth nationally among freshmen with a plus-14 rating ... Named WCHA co-Rookie of the Week (Dec. 11) after scoring a goal and three assists in a 6-3 win over No. 6 Denver ... It was the first 4-point game by a UND freshman since Drew Stafford and Erik Fabian both did it on Feb. 21, 2004, at Minnesota State ... Game was one of his seven multi-point performances on the season and was the only 4-point game by a freshmen in the entire nation ... Recorded at least one point in 27 games, more than any other freshman in the country ... Finished the season with at least one point in 13 of his last 15 games ... Had four goals and 12 assists with a plus-10 during that stretch ... Put together an 8-game point streak from Feb. 2 through March 8 ... Had four goals and seven assists during the streak ... Opened the year with a 5-game point streak, collecting three goals and three assists ... Scored game-winning goal in 4-3 win at No. 10 Minnesota State (March 8) ... Helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Russia ... Was named U.S. Player of the Game after scoring both the game-tying and game-winning goals in the gold medal game ... Finished the tournament with two goals and two assists and a plus-4 in seven games ... Earned first letter.

2011-12 (Freshman): Appeared in four games before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in February ... Registered one goal and one assist in his four games ... Scored his first career goal in a 3-2 loss at No. 5 Minnesota (Nov. 5) ... Collected his first collegiate point with an assist in a 3-1 win vs. St. Cloud State (Oct. 29) ... Named the WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year in both the Grand Forks Herald Coaches Poll and the 93X (Duluth) Media Poll ... Was ranked as the Florida Panthers' No. 7 prospect in The Hockey News 2012 Future Watch ... Recipient of the Pat & Tammy Sogard Endowment.

Before UND: Selected in the second round, 33rd overall, by Florida in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft ... Spent the previous two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) ... Played in in 58 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2010-11 and led the team in points (73), goals (39), power-play goals (16), and game-winning goals (six) ... Led the team to a gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World U18 Championship in Germany ... Helped the U.S. National Under-18 Team to a first-place finish at the 2010 Men's Under-18 Four Nations Cup in Sundsvall, Sweden ... Named the tournament's top forward after totaling six points (3g, 3a) in three games ... Also won the 2011 Five Nations Cup championship in the Czech Republic ... Split the 2009-10 season with the U.S. Men's National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams ... Amassed 63 points (21g, 42a) in 62 games between the two teams ... Member of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that won the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championship in Minsk and Bobruisk, Belarus ... Tied for the team lead with 10 points (2g, 8a) in seven games as an under-aged player ... Named to the United States Hockey League (USHL) All-Star roster in each of his two years with the NTDP ... Won three straight Michigan midget state championships (2007-09) with the Little Caesar's Hockey Club prior to joining the NTDP.

Personal: Majoring in general studies ... Son of Rocco and Susie Grimaldi ... Older sister, Niccole, played soccer at Oklahoma State.

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