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 Earl Rutherford (born February 17, 1949) is a former professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Los Angeles Kings in the 1970s and 1980s. Since 1994, he has been president, general manager and part owner of the Carolina Hurricanes (known as the Hartford Whalers until 1997). The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup on June 19, 2006 while Rutherford was the GM.[2]

Jim Rutherford started the popular trend of hockey goalies decorating their masks 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. Soon other goaltenders followed suit.


  1. ^ "Jim Rutherford NHL Statistics". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Canes' Rutherford expected to give up GM duties at end of the season, News Observer

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Preceded by
Steve Andrascik
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Serge Lajeunesse
Preceded by
Paul Holmgren
General Manager of the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes