Fitzgerald in 2012
August 28, 1968|
Billerica, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
New York Islanders|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
17th overall, 1986|
New York Islanders
Thomas James Fitzgerald (born August 28, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. He currently serves as the general manager and executive Vice President of the New Jersey Devils. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 as a director of player development with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Fitzgerald played his high school hockey at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Massachusetts, he then went on to play college hockey for Providence College and was selected by the New York Islanders of the NHL in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 17th overall). He turned pro in 1988 with the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Indians, and in 1990 was one of the key players who led Indians to the Calder Cup championship.
He played parts of five seasons for the Islanders and became the first player in NHL playoff history to score two shorthanded goals on the same minor penalty, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 2, 1993, which also equaled the NHL record for shorthanded goals by a player in one game. He was selected as one of the original Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. Although he has been cast as a defensive forward in the NHL, he had his best scoring years in Miami and was one of the leaders in Florida's 1996 Stanley Cup run. In those 1995–96 playoffs, Fitzgerald scored the decisive goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a 58-foot slapshot that found its way past Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso.
He was briefly traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1998 before being drafted in another expansion draft, this time by the Nashville Predators, who sought out his veteran leadership. Fitzgerald was named Nashville's first captain, serving in the capacity for four seasons. He subsequently played for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. While with Toronto, Fitzgerald and his Maple Leafs teammate Gary Roberts both played in the 1,000th game of their careers on January 13, 2004.
In the summer of 2004, Fitzgerald signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. In July 2006, the Boston Bruins chose not to renew his contract. He announced his retirement after 17 NHL seasons on September 12, 2006.
In July 2007, Fitzgerald left NESN when he was named Director of Player Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins. In October, he was then named as an assistant coach for the United States national team for Deutschland Cup, helping push them to second place. On July 3, 2009, Fitzgerald was then promoted within the Penguins organization to assistant general manager. On July 24, 2015, Fitzgerald was named assistant general manager for the New Jersey Devils. On January 12, 2020, Fitzgerald was named interim general manager of the Devils' after Ray Shero was fired. On July 9th, 2020, Fitzgerald was named Executive Vice President and full time General Manager of the Devils.
Tom and his wife Kerry have four sons; Ryan, Casey, Jack and Brendan. Fitzgerald did a stint as an analyst for the Outdoor Life Network during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, and was one of NESN's studio analysts during postgame coverage of Boston Bruins' matches. His son Ryan was drafted in the fourth round (120th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, and currently plays for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Philadelphia Flyers's AHL affiliate. Casey, who was drafted in the third round (86th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, currently plays for the Rochester Americans, the Sabres' AHL affiliate. Both Ryan and Casey attended Boston College, skating on the same roster from 2015–2017.
Fitzgerald is Irish and grew up with his cousin, NHL player Keith Tkachuk. He is also cousins with Tkachuk's sons Matthew of the Calgary Flames and Brady of the Ottawa Senators, as well as Kevin Hayes of the Philadelphia Flyers and the late Jimmy Hayes, who most recently played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Regular season and playoffs
|1984–85||Austin Preparatory School||HS-MA||18||20||21||41||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Austin Preparatory School||HS-MA||24||35||38||73||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Islanders||NHL||23||3||5||8||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||New York Islanders||NHL||19||2||5||7||4||4||1||0||1||4|
|1990–91||Capital District Islanders||AHL||27||7||7||14||50||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||New York Islanders||NHL||41||5||5||10||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Capital District Islanders||AHL||4||1||1||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||New York Islanders||NHL||45||6||11||17||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||New York Islanders||NHL||77||9||18||27||34||18||2||5||7||18|
|2002–03||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||66||4||13||17||57||7||0||1||1||4|
|2003–04||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||69||7||10||17||52||10||0||0||0||6|
- "Fitzgerald, Roberts play 1,000th games". ESPN. 2004-01-13. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Tom Fitzgerald announces retirement". Boston Bruins. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Penguins add Fitzgerald, Botterill to management". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Fitzgerald, Curry Benefit From Team USA Experience". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Tom Fitzgerald Named Assistant to the General Manager; Dan MacKinnon Promoted to Director of Player Personnel". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Devils name Tom Fitzgerald Assistant General Manager". NHL.com. July 24, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
- "Statement from Josh Harris, Devils Managing Partner & Chairman". NHL.com. January 12, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
- "'I'm a dad' ... 'I don't like being away'". ESPN. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Cup crazy: A Day with Lord Stanley's Cup". NESN. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Athlete profile: Keith Tkachuk". 3 February 1998. CNN / Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 4 October 2011.