Steve Rucchin

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Steve Rucchin
Born (1971-07-04) July 4, 1971 (age 43)
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Atlanta Thrashers
New York Rangers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1994–2007

Steven Andrew Rucchin (/ˈrɨn/; born July 4, 1971 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a retired ice hockey centre who played for three teams in the National Hockey League, most notably for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Playing career[edit]

Rucchin played high school hockey for Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School in London, Ontario. His coach happened to also be an assistant with the University of Western Ontario and recruited him. He was an Ontario University All-Star in three of his four seasons there, and was named Player of the Year and First-team All-Canadian in his senior season. He was drafted 2nd overall in the 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He soon centered Anaheim's top line with Paul Kariya and Teemu Selänne, a major feat for a former CIS player. Though there are numerous former NCAA players in the NHL, Canadian Interuniversity Sport alumni are few and far between in the NHL, let alone a top line center. Rucchin was an alternate captain from 2000–2003, and captain in 2003–05. In the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rucchin earned his spot in Mighty Ducks immortality when he helped the Ducks upset the Detroit Red Wings in a sweep of four games by scoring the game-winning and series-clinching overtime goal in Game 4. At the World Championship 1998 in Switzerland he and his older brother Larry made history when they face each other when Steve used to play for Canada while Larry played for Italy.

In August 2005, he was traded to the New York Rangers for minor-league enforcer Trevor Gillies and a conditional 2007 draft pick in a move to dump salary. He ranks fifth in Ducks history in assists (279), goals (153), points (432), and game-winning goals (23). Known as a great locker-room teammate, he provided veteran leadership in 2005–06, as an alternate captain (along with Jaromir Jagr and Darius Kasparaitis) on a young Rangers team.

On July 3, 2006, Rucchin signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers. On March 6, 2007, he suffered a concussion on a hit by Ben Guite of the Colorado Avalanche. This injury ended his career.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 San Diego Gulls IHL 41 11 15 26 14
1994–95 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 43 6 11 17 23
1995–96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 64 19 25 44 12
1996–97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 19 48 67 24 8 1 2 3 10
1997–98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 72 17 36 53 13
1998–99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 69 23 39 62 22 4 0 3 3 0
1999–00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 71 19 38 57 16
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 16 3 5 8 0
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 38 7 16 23 6
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 20 38 58 12 21 7 3 10 2
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 20 23 43 12
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 72 13 23 36 10 4 1 0 1 0
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 47 5 16 21 14
NHL totals 735 171 318 489 164 37 9 8 17 12

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Preceded by
Paul Kariya
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim captain
2003–04
Succeeded by
Scott Niedermayer