Daniel Girardi (born April 29, 1984) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the New York Rangers of the NHL.
Girardi grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Welland, Ontario with the Welland Tigers of the OMHA's Niagara District and South Central AAA Leagues. He was a member of the OMHA Minor Atom AAA Championship team in 1995 and an OMHA Finalist team in Minor Peewee in 1997.
During his junior career he was a member of the London Knights team that won the 2005 OHL Championship and the 2005 Memorial Cup.
Having gone undrafted in the 2003 draft, Girardi signed a free agent, two-way AHL contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate, and began the 2005-06 season with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL. Eventually signed to an NHL deal by the Rangers while playing with the Wolf Pack, Girardi was called up in January 27, 2007, after an injury to Darius Kasparaitis. Since that callup, Girardi has dressed for every regular-season and postseason game that the Rangers have played, except for two games in the 2010–11 season when Girardi was sidelined with a rib injury in late January 2011 (which ended a consecutive...