The Kingston Ontario native was signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators after playing as an overaged junior in the OHL. Ottawa, just granted an expansion franchise were looking for cheap players to fill up their minor league system with for its first couple of seasons.
Cimellaro, who struggled offensively in junior hockey, actually had a decent first professional season with the Sens' affiliate in New Haven, scoring 18 goals and 34 points. The Senators endured one of the worst seasons in NHL history and recalled many of its minor leaguers including Cimellaro. He dressed for 2 games, registering 4 shots on goal and +/- rating of -2. Ta-dum! That was it! That was Tony Cimellaro's NHL experience.
Tony struggled the following season with the Sens farm team, now located in Summerside PEI. The Senators released the 5'11" 180lb center. Cimellaro wouldn't let his love of hockey die there though. He took his act overseas, armed with 2 games of NHL experience on his resume, and started to travel the world with hockey being his ticket. He played in Britain, Italy, Denmark and Germany. For a struggling Canadian hockey player with few options back home, Cimellaro has made the most of his hockey resume to travel the world, experience different cultures, and enjoy life.