Friday, January 10, 2014

Sandy Galuppo

1 NHL Game

February 16, 1994 Florida Panthers vs Detroit Red Wings. 3-7 loss.

   At one time the NHL had a supplemental draft for overage college players. Sandy Galuppo was chosen with the 21st pick of the 1990 supplemental draft by the Edmonton Oilers while playing for Boston College. He was not, however, offered an NHL contract by the club. After he graduated, Galuppo spent the 1991/1992 season playing pro in Agordo, Italy.

   NHL expansion and the birth of the Florida Panthers gave Galuppo a second chance at the NHL. He was signed by Florida and remained with the team until the summer of 1994.

   Galuppo's only NHL game came mid February, 1994 as the Panthers were facing some goaltending issues. At the start of the month the Panthers lost John Vanbiesbrouck when his hand was cut by a skate. Mark Fitzpatrick took over as Florida's #1 goalie but was subsequently lost when he was suspended for two games after violently hitting Islanders' player David Maley with his goalie stick.  With Fitzpatrick out the Panthers turned to Pokey Reddick to guard their net. Reddick was only needed for one game as Vanbiesbrouck would be ready to return before Fitzpatrick's suspension was over. For the only game in which neither Vanbiesbrouck or Fitzpatrick could dress, Sandy Galuppo was recalled and served as Reddick's backup.

   Galuppo retired from hockey following the 1994/1995 season. He later became a very successful financial adviser with Merrill Lynch.

Career stats from
Born Oct 4 1969 -- Farmingdale, NY 
Height 5.10 -- Weight 160
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1987-88Boston CollegeH-East800
1988-89Boston CollegeH-East120052528003.20620
1989-90Boston CollegeH-East2210123573003.551191
1990-91Boston CollegeH-East2320115865003.371540
1992-93Cincinnati CyclonesIHL2800135693204.1261137090.884---
1992-93Dayton BombersECHL170286946123.1812114520.908---
1993-94Cincinnati CyclonesIHL40017016105.621201020.864---
1993-94Birmingham BullsECHL30021700111113.9222438400.883800
1994-95Birmingham BullsECHL23221121792214.53101006830.881500

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