Joseph Cirella
Defense
Right-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 210 pounds
Born: 5.9.63 Hamilton, Ontario
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Quebec Nordiques with Claude Loiselle and Devils' 8th round pick in the
1990 E.D. for Walt Poddubny and Nordiques' 4th round pick in the 1990 E.D., 6.17.89
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1981-82
COL
65
7
12
19
-36
52
71
2
2
4
0
0
0
1
1982-83
NJ
2
0
1
1
-2
4
3
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1983-84
NJ
79
11
33
44
-43
137
156
6
14
20
0
2
2
0
1984-85
NJ
66
6
18
24
-45
141
97
2
9
11
0
0
0
0
1985-86
NJ
66
6
23
29
-12
147
89
2
9
11
0
0
0
0
1986-87
NJ
65
9
22
31
-20
111
115
6
11
17
0
0
0
0
1987-88
NJ
80
8
31
39
15
191
135
2
12
14
0
2
2
2
1988-89
NJ
80
3
19
22
-14
155
84
0
3
3
1
0
1
1
Team Career
Totals
COL
65
7
12
19
-36
52
71
2
2
4
0
0
0
1
Team Career
Totals
NJ
438
50
159
209
-157
938
750
18
59
77
1
4
5
3
Franchise
Career Totals
 
503
57
171
238
-193
990
821
20
61
81
1
4
5
4
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Cirella had a pretty solid rookie season for the Rockies, so you can imagine his shellshock when management sent him
back to the Oshawa Generals, his junior team at the time, before he took the ice as a Devil.

It proved beneficial, ultimately, as he would get over the initial shock and lead the Generals to the Memorial Cup
Finals.

He would bring a good balance of skill and toughness to the Devils, as well as an extra option on the power play that
gets talked about until coaches and reporters are blue in the face even today: he's a right-handed shot, hence, the option
to get off a right-side-to-left one-timer. I totally missed this back when I watched Cirella play as a Devil.

He missed a handful of games off and on within a 3 year period due to various injuries, but would get over the injury
bug finally by the end of his stint with the Devils, only missing one game (a playoff game) before being traded to the
Nordiques.

But it would return, and he ended up bouncing around the league for the rest of his career, with his longest stay being
with the Rangers. (2 1/2 seasons)

He retired in 1997 after playing one year in Germany. He took on an assistant coaching job for the Florida Panthers the
year after, then went back to the Generals in a coaching capacity, staying there until 2004, then returning for a season in
2010 after he got back into coaching with the Peterborough Petes. (As a defensive consultant.) He then joined the
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' staff in 2012, where he's still working today.
Entry Draft: 1981 First Round Pick (5th overall) by the
Colorado Rockies
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1987-88
NJ
19
0
7
7
-3
49
27
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
19
0
7
7
-3
49
27
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise