Jim Rutherford

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Jim Rutherford
Jim Rutherford 1976.JPG
Rutherford in 1976
Born (1949-02-17) February 17, 1949 (age 65)
Beeton, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left[1]
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1969
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1969–1983

James "Disco Killer" Rutherford (born February 17, 1949) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and current front office executive. He is the general manager (GM) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, having been named to that position on June 6, 2014.[2] Prior to that, he was the president and general manager, as well as a part owner, of the Carolina Hurricanes - known as the Hartford Whalers until 1997 - having joined the franchise in 1994 and helping build the Hurricanes team that won the Stanley Cup in 2006.[3][4][5]

Jim Rutherford was one of the pioneers of the popular trend of hockey goalies decorating his mask in 1976. Initially, a friend painted a pair of red wings at the temples of Rutherford's without his permission. Because he didn't have time to get another fitted mask before game time, he reluctantly wore the decorated mask on the ice. Another earlier pioneer was [6]Gary Simmons with his Cobra mask. Others include Gary Smith and Doug Favell but the first "decorated" mask in the league was the iconic stitches worn by Gerry Cheevers. [7]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Andrascik
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
1969
Succeeded by
Serge Lajeunesse
Preceded by
Paul Holmgren
General Manager of the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes
1994-2014
Succeeded by
Ron Francis
Preceded by
Jason Botterill
(interim)
General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
2014–present
Incumbent