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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Bruce Boudreau on Dino Ciccarelli

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau has crossed paths with many players and coaches over the course of his hockey career and he usually has stories to tell about most of them.

While he didn't come into too much direct contact with Dino Ciccarelli, whom the Capitals will honor prior to tonight's matchup with the Canadiens, Boudreau did have a few things to say about the former Washington fan-favorite.

"I remember him getting called up to Minnesota the same day I was getting called up to Toronto," Boudreau said. "Just playing against him, he was one of those players that loved to score and anything loose he would get. He was dynamic at that because he loved to score. He was a feisty guy, he's one of those guys you want to have on your team."

Ciccarelli, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, only spent four seasons with the Capitals from 1988-89 to 1991-92, but even still he became one of the enduring icons of the franchise, particularly for a certain age group of fans. Ciccarelli finished his career with 608 goals and 1,200 points in 1,232 NHL games.

"When you're a smaller guy and you play hard people love you," Boudreau said. "Because they love the common man that works and that was him, add a few goals to that -- not a few 600 -- and you're going to get somebody who's going to be very very popular with the people."

Don't forget the Capitals will wear their throw-back Winter Classic jerseys for tonight's tilt against the Canadiens and that the game doesn't start until 7:30 p.m.

By Katie Carrera  | February 1, 2011; 3:30 PM ET
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It would be nice to have a player like Dino,we would not be in the scoring funk we are in now! God bless you Dino you were great to watch!

Posted by: 23rough | February 1, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

4 point game tonight. We need a regulation win.

Any word on Semin?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 1, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I had NHL92 for Sega, and Dino was almost unstoppable. On a line with Ridley and Khristich, I won many a Cup.

Posted by: Cletus_P | February 1, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I remember Dino would post up in front of the net and get crushed by the defensemen, but he kept coming back for more. Then as soon as there was a rebound or loose change, he would pound it home! One heck of a tough scrappy little guy. Those Caps teams should have gone further...but the same playoff jinx was around back then.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 1, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Katie: Did you have to do it?! Did you have to refer to Dino as "iconic?"

Really? There was no other word?!?!

Anyway, we loved #22 so much we named our cat "Dino." Was a pretty nasty cat, actually. Anytime he;d escape, he'd scratch you if you tried to get him. Eventually he was crosschecked by a car and that was the end.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Definitely great hands and tough as nails, but also so quick and powerful, just an explosive athlete. Yes BB, I see the comparisons with Fehr immediately [well, other than the hands].

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 1, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"When you're a smaller guy and you play hard people love you," Boudreau said.
So true, Bruce!He was a buzz saw around the net.
Congrat1s-out! Dino, on making hte Hall. & Kudos to the Caps for honoring him!

Posted by: Hattrik | February 1, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow, did I really trade Dino for Kevin Miller? And then I promptly traded Miller for Paul Cavallini? What was I thinking! I hope Dino was up for a new contract and Abe didn't want to pay him.

Posted by: DavidPoile | February 1, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Hextall take one of his famous two-handed wacks at Dino once?

Posted by: Cletus_P | February 1, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Caps should honor Dino by screening the goalie all night & getting 3 dirty goals.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 1, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I wore #22 in lacrosse because of Dino. Also, I recall Dino had one of the all-time great referee fake-outs; he was skating behind the goal-line in the opponents zone and heading up ice, when a defenseman skated right by him, but made no contact. Dino, sensing the ref watching out of the corner of his eye, flung himself to the ground like was just tripped from behind. The ref blew the whistle for tripping much to the chagrin of the incredulous defenseman. Good times. I looked for the clip on youtube, but couldn't find it...alas.

Posted by: EGTuna | February 1, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

As we honor Dino anyone who comes to the gane without pants on will be moved to the front row. Keep your pants on Dino!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 1, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

We could have used him last night!

Posted by: stwasm | February 2, 2011 7:28 AM | Report abuse

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