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Position: Goaltender
Junior Experience: 1 Season
Date of Birth: 02/10/1986
Height: 6'00"
Weight: 170lbs
NHL Status: Eligable in 2004
How Acquired: Drafted in 2nd round '02 Bantam

Carlo DiRienzo is the highest  selected netminder since former Ranger fan favorite Mike Torchia was selected: 20th overall in the 1988 OHL entry draft.  Prior to the 2002-'03 season, Mike Torchia was the last Rangers netminder to lead the Rangers to the Memorial Cup.  After watching 4th year veteran netminder: Scott Dickie play in 25 consecutive playoff games from the comfort of the Rangers bench, suddenly all of the pressure falls on DiRienzo as the starting netminder.  Scott Dickie who finished a spectacular playoff run as the Rangers top netminder, had been the Rangers starting netminder for 3 seasons and has finally passed the torch on to DiRienzo.  Carlo is only one of three underaged netminders to have made the leap to the OHL in the storied history of the Kitchener Rangers.  In 1988 Mike Torchia made the team and backed up Gus Morschauser, the next season he was named netminder of the Memorial Cup after a heartbreaking 4-3 double overtime loss in the Memorial Cup final.  The second was David Belitski who remains the youngest Rangers starting netminder, in 1994 he was so impressive as an underaged rookie that the Rangers were able to dispense with veteran netminder: C.Jay Denomme and leave Belitski assuming the role of the starting netminder.

DiRienzo found ice time very quickly for a rookie backup netminder in the 2002-'03 season.  During the home opener Scott Dickie faltered as did the remainder of the Rangers, DiRienzo was forced to come into a tough spot, yet performed admirably in what was for the Rangers an extremely embarassing 5-0 loss in their season opener.  Most impressive was how the young rookie handled the pressure in the early going.  DiRienzo in a weird twist of fate became the third Rangers netminder to shut out the Sudbury Wolves in the last three games that they had played against the Rangers.  Scott Dickie claimed the first shutout in Sudbury last season 5-0, Harpwood made it two 5-0 losses back to back in Kitchener, before DiRienzo helped the Rangers eek out a 3-0 win in Sudbury.  Perhaps more impressive was the way that DiRienzo followed up his shutout only 9 days later with an even more impressive goose egg in Toronto.  St. Michael's arena because of its small ice surface, and over the last few years consistently strong Majors teams.  The shutout itself was even more impressive because of the offensive onslaught that awaited the Rangers as immediately after the puck was dropped.  DiRienzo held the fort early for the Rangers who could have easily surrendered 2 or more goals in the first few minutes of the game.  The Rangers offensive adjusted, was able to kick it up a notch and the rest was history after a 7-0 victory.  DiRienzo also had an eventful New Year's eve, when he was on the winning end of a come from behind Kitchener Rangers overtime win.  Only minutes into the game the Rangers were down 2-0.

The second half of the season was not nearly as friendly for the still budding netminder.  It became very evident that the focus of the Rangers team itself had changed as well.  Winning was made priority over equality of ice time and development of some of the younger players.  DeBoer became far, far less inclinded to allow DiRienzo to complete games where he felt that the rookie was struggling in.  It developed an all-new strength for Scott Dickie who made three consecutive road relief performances in Brampton, Erie, and London without allowing a goal.  The toughest night in the season had to be a 8-2 loss in Owen Sound where the Attack literally mauled the Rangers who were ravaged by the flu at the time.  Unfortunately for Carlo there was no relief on that night since DeBoer undoubtably didn't want to expose both of their netminders to that kind of offensive onslaught, a tough night that Carlo had to put behind him and did very quickly.

Carlo's primary asset is his speed in the crease. His prowess with the puck outside of the crease is good for a 16 year old rookie, however could only stand to have been helped by Scott Dickie who established a team record with 10 points in 2001-'02.  Carlo does need to improve on some of the technical aspects of his game, which will come with prolonged exposure to the trusted Rangers' netminding coach: Jim Brown, and probably most importantly game time experience.  During the summer of 2003 Carlo DiRienzo was invited to the team Canada under 18 team camp, in March of 2003, Carlo represented team Ontario in the Under-17's.

Statistics
 
Season
GP
MINS
GA
EN
SO
AVG
W
L
T
SA
Svs
Sv%
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
27
1355
64
0
2
2.83
12
8
2
675
611
.905
Career Totals
27
1355
64
0
2
2.83
12
8
2
675
611
.905