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Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro buys lunch for 5,000 fans

New York Islander goaltender Rick DiPietro bought lunch for 5,000 fans at yesterday’s Islanders-Senators game. DiPietro handed out vouchers to the first 5,000 fans himself, which got them a hot dog and small pop at the New York Islanders Fan Appreciation Day. The franchise goalie paid for the food out of his own pocket to thank the fans for all of their support.

DiPietro holds the NHL record for the longest contract, signing with the club for 15-years in 2006. Despite the kind gesture, DiPietro has often times found himself at odds with the fans with a career plauged with injuries and under performance.

DiPietro told NewYorkIslanders.com, “I just wanted to show the fans how much I appreciate them and how much I appreciate being a New York Islander. It’s just a gesture to show the fans how much I care.”

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NY Islanders goalie Rick DiPerto out 6 weeks after goalie fight

What’s worse than having your @$$ kicked in a goalie fight? Just ask NY Islanders goalie Rick DiPerto who will miss the next 4-6 weeks from facial fractures and knee swelling. DiPerto squared off with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson on Wednesday where he was not only beat up at center ice but in the crease, the Islanders lost to the Pens, 3-0…. bringing their record to a depressing 16-28-7. DiPerto told reporters: “I’m sick of losing, our team’s sick of losing. You never go into a fight expecting you’re going to get smashed in the face that hard, or with these kind of consequences, but it happens and you move on.”

From the looks of the fight, it looks as if Johnson has been watching the Jersey Shore and stealing Ronnie’s moves… “That’s one shot.”

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