Rupp with the Rangers, January 2012.
January 13, 1980 |
Cleveland, OH, USA
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||243 lb (110 kg; 17 st 5 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||9th overall, 1998
New York Islanders
Michael "Mike" Francis Rupp (born January 13, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently an unrestricted free agent of the National Hockey League (NHL). He scored the Cup-clinching goal (and first playoff goal of his career) in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, which gave the New Jersey Devils franchise its third Stanley Cup championship.
Rupp played high school hockey at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. He was originally drafted in the first round, 9th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Unsigned, and still playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Erie Otters, he returned to the draft and was selected 76th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
Mike played his first professional season in 2000–01 with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL), an affiliate of the Devils. Rupp made his NHL debut in the 2002–03 season with the Devils where he helped them win the Stanley Cup, scoring the Cup-clinching goal. Rupp is the only player in Stanley Cup history to have his first playoff goal be the Stanley Cup winning goal.
The following season in 2003–04, Rupp was traded by the Devils with a second round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for Jan Hrdina on March 5, 2004. After the NHL lockout Rupp was traded by the Coyotes along with Jason Chimera and Cale Hulse to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman on October 8, 2005. Columbus declined to submit Rupp (a restricted free agent) a qualifying offer in June 2006.
On July 9, 2006, Rupp signed a one-year, $450,000 contract to return to the New Jersey Devils. After a successful season establishing himself as a gritty hardworking player Rupp re-signed with the Devils on June 28, 2007, to a two-year contract.
On July 1, 2009, Rupp signed a two-year, $1.65 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. While scoring his first career hat-trick on November 30, 2009, against the New York Rangers, Rupp scored his six, seventh, and eighth goals for a new career high just 28 games into the 2009–10 season.
On July 1, 2011, Rupp signed a three-year contract worth $4.5 million with the New York Rangers. Rupp scored two goals in the 2012 Winter Classic to help the Rangers win 3-2. After Rupp scored his first goal, he saluted the crowd (just like Jaromir Jagr does when he scores a goal). This celebration led to a confrontation from Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell.
His childhood ice hockey teams included the Parma Heights Wings Municipal Hockey Club, where he started playing at age 9. He attended and played for St. Edward High School, a catholic college preparatory school in Lakewood, Ohio. In just two years playing for the varsity squad at St. Ed's, the team won two state championships (1994,1995). After winning the Stanley Cup with the Devils Mike came to Southpark Mall in Strongsville, Ohio, and showed the Cup and signed autographs for his home state fans.
Rupp is a self professed Born Again Christian who became devoted to his faith after meeting his future wife Christi while he was playing in the OHL for the Erie Otters. Mike and Christi have 4 children: Madeline (born December 2002), Mason (born November 30, 2004), Max (born July 10, 2009), and Marleah (born August 30, 2012).
Rupp was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome in 1998.
|2000–01||Albany River Rats||AHL||71||10||10||20||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Albany River Rats||AHL||78||13||17||30||90||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Albany River Rats||AHL||47||8||11||19||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||New Jersey Devils||NHL||26||5||3||8||21||4||1||3||4||0|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||51||6||5||11||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||39||4||2||6||58||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||76||6||3||9||92||9||0||1||1||7|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||64||3||6||9||58||5||0||1||1||2|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||72||3||6||9||136||7||0||0||0||14|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||60||4||1||5||97||20||0||0||0||36|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||8||0||0||0||12||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements
- "Devils drink from Cup after 3-0 win". ESPN.com. 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Phoenix acquires unlikely Cup hero". ESPN.com. 2004-03-05. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Jackets trade Sanderson, Jackman to Coyotes for Chimera, Hulse and Rupp". ESPN.com. 2005-10-08. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Devils sign Rupp". devils.nhl.com. 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Rupp's Hat Trick Powers Pens Over Rangers". WPXI. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
- "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Rangers send Rupp to Wild for Powe, Palmieri". The Sports Network. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- "Rupp suspended four games for illegal check to head". NHL.com. 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
- "Mike Rupp: The New Jersey Angel". Cbn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- "Pens Win: Mike eRupp's as Sid gives an encore... ~ PENS UNIVERSE - Real hockey". Pensuniverse.blogspot.com. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Â Victor Fernandes (2009-07-23). "Rupp enjoys being new member of Pens | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News". Goerie.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
|New York Islanders first round draft pick