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|1983 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
16 overall by New York Islanders
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
||Sherwood Park||Alb. AAA
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Lethbridge Most Improved Player: 1981-82
Miscellaneous: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 17 overall
prospect for the 1983 NHL draft. ... Grew up in Edmonton and idolized Bobby
Orr as a boy. He wore No. 4 throughout most of his hockey career as a
tribute to Orr.
| Debut: October 12, 1984 (N.Y. Islanders at
Numbers: 29, 4 (N.Y. Islanders); 5
(Mont.); 4 (Vancouver); 6 (Chi.);
44, 4 (Hartford); 4 (Phoenix); 2
(Toronto); 4 (Dallas)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||NYI, MTL, VAN, CHI,|
HAR, PHO, TOR, DAL
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||N.Y. Islanders, Van.,|
Chi., Phoenix, Toronto
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1994 (Vancouver)
Vancouver Ram Tough Award (Most Aggressive): 1991-92
N.Y. Islanders Playoffs Penalty-Minutes
Leader: 1988 (42)
Miscellaneous: Paired on defense with Denis Potvin for N.Y. Islanders in
1984-85. ... Was healthy scratch for all 10 N.Y. Islanders playoff games in
1985. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with broken left foot, an injury
suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 5, 1987, game vs. Pittsburgh. He did
not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 28, 1987, game vs. N.Y.
Rangers. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with broken right hand, an injury
suffered during N.Y. Islanders' Nov. 22, 1988, game vs. Washington. He did
not return to action until N.Y. Islanders' Dec. 26, 1988, game at Toronto.
... Missed part of 1988-89 season with knee injury, suffered during N.Y.
Islanders' Jan. 13, 1989, game at New Jersey. ... Led all N.Y. Islanders'
defensemen with 32 points in 1988-89. ... Was N.Y. Islanders' team
representative to NHLPA from 1988 to 1990. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season
with bruised knee, an injury suffered in Vancouver's March 16, 1991,
game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Won Vancouver's hardest-shot competition for
1992-93 season. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with strained groin, an
injury suffered during Vancouver's Jan. 6, 1993, game at Toronto. ... Missed
part of 1993-94 season with stress fracture in ankle, an injury suffered
during Vancouver's Dec. 31, 1993, game vs. San Jose. He did not return to
action until Vancouver's Feb. 4, 1994, game at Anaheim. ... Missed part of
1993-94 season with bruised foot, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Feb.
17, 1994, game at Chicago. He did not return to action until Vancouver's
March 9, 1994, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season
with eye contusion, an injury suffered during Vancouver's March 30, 1994,
game vs. Pittsburgh. He did not return to action until Vancouver's April 10,
1994, game at San Jose. ... Signed with Hartford as an unrestricted free agent on Aug.
1, 1995. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with strained hamstring, suffered during Hartford's Nov. 4, 1996, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. He
did not return to action until Hartford's Nov. 14, 1996, game at Phoenix.
... Missed part of 1996-97 season with hernia, an injury diagnosed after
Hartford's Dec. 16, 1996 game at N.Y. Rangers. The hernia required surgery,
and Diduck did not return to action until Hartford's Jan. 6, 1997, game at
Montreal. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with back spasms, an injury
suffered during Phoenix's Dec. 1, 1997, game at Florida, and with hand
injury, suffered during Phoenix's Feb. 7, 1998, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. ...
Missed parts of 1998-99 season with bruised shoulder, an injury suffered
during Phoenix's Nov. 24, 1998, game vs. Chicago, and with charley horse, an
injury suffered during Phoenix's Dec. 6, 1998, game at Vancouver. ... Missed
part of 1998-99 season with sprained knee, an injury suffered during
Phoenix's Jan. 8, 1999, game at Anaheim. He did not return to action until
Phoenix's Feb. 10, 1999, game vs. Los Angeles. ... Missed remainder of
1998-99 season and start of 1999 with broken foot, an injury suffered during
Phoenix's March 2, 1999, game at Boston. He did not return to action until
Game 5 of Phoenix's first-round playoff series vs. St. Louis on April 30,
1999. ... Signed with Toronto as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Jan.
2000, after spending first half of 1999-00 season with Team Canada. ... Missed
most of 2000-01 season with sprained right ankle, an injury suffered
during Dallas' Dec. 1, 2000, game at Colorado. He did not return to action
until Dallas' Dec. 31, 2000, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. He then re-aggravated
the injury during Dallas' Jan. 15, 2001, game at Florida, and missed the
remainder of the season. He became a free agent following 2000-01 season and opted
Lethbridge (WHL); Indianapolis (CHL); Springfield (AHL); Team Canada|
World Junior Championships: 1984
AWARDS AND HONORS
Lethbridge Playoffs MVP: 1984
Lethbridge Most Valuable
Lethbridge Three-Stars Leader: 1983-84
Education: Studied English
literature at Long Island University during off-seasons of his playing days.
Miscellaneous: Joined Indianapolis
for 1984 CHL playoffs after spending 1983-84 season with Lethbridge (WHL).
... Shared home with Pat LaFontaine as a rookie with N.Y. Islanders in
1984-85. ... Began 1986-87 season with Springfield (AHL) before being
recalled to NHL for good on Jan. 24, 1987. He would never again play in the
minor leagues after that date. ... Was on Montreal team that joined Minnesota to compete in 1990 NHL
Friendship Tour in Soviet Union. ... Joined Team Canada on Nov. 29, 1999,
and remained with national team program until Jan. 28, 2000. ... Was active in charitable causes during
his playing days, including work with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, United
Cerebral Palsy, American Cancer Society, Kinsmen Mothers March and Game
Plan, an anti-drunk driving program. ... Worked at hockey school in
Vermillion, Alberta, during off-seasons of his early NHL playing days. ...
Owned two rink on Long Island during his playing days in Vancouver. The
Islanders used one of Diduck's rinks for occasional practices. ... Remained
in Dallas after his retirement and became a youth hockey coach in the
Highland Park Hockey Club.
Nicknamed "Diddy." ... Older brother of former Canadian Olympic women's
hockey player Judy Diduck. ... One of six children.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
N.Y. Islanders traded Diduck to Montreal in exchange for Craig Ludwig on
September 4, 1990.||
|Tier II/Jr. B:
|Hall of Fame: