February 16, 1983 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||9th overall, 2001
Tuomo Iisakki Ruutu (born February 16, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. He is the younger brother of Jarkko Ruutu, a former NHL player currently playing for Jokerit, and retired player Mikko Ruutu.
Ruutu started out playing for HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 1999–00 season, and moved to Jokerit for the next two seasons. In 2002 he returned to HIFK for one more season. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, as their first-round pick, #9 overall. He crossed the Atlantic in 2003, playing a full 82 games with the Blackhawks in the 2003–04 NHL season.
He did not play during the NHL lockout, as he was recovering from injuries, but provided commentary on Finnish television during the ice hockey world championships, along with fellow NHL player Ville Nieminen. Ruutu returned to the NHL after the lockout, but his 2005–06 NHL season was cut short, first by a back injury that kept him out of the game for most of the fall, and in January an ankle injury requiring surgery ended his season.
After an unimpressive showing at the 2006 World Championships Ruutu said he might retire, though that was put to rest when Ruutu signed a two year, $3.75 million contract on September 13.
During the 2007-08 season on February 26, 2008, at the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Tuomo Ruutu to the Carolina Hurricanes for Andrew Ladd. The Hurricanes promptly signed Ruutu to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million.
On July 23, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Ruutu to a three-year contract worth $11.4 million ($3 million in 2009-10, $4 million in 2010-11, $4.4 million in 2011-12).
In the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver Ruutu won the Bronze medal with Team Finland, and in 2011 he added a World Championship Gold medal to his already impressive international resume.
On February 22, 2012, the Hurricanes signed Ruutu to a four-year contract extension worth $19 million. The deal will pay Ruutu $4 million in 2012-13 and $5 million per year in the remaining years, and includes a no-trade clause for the first three years of the contract.
Regular season and playoffs
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Finland|
|Bronze||2008 Quebec City|
|World Junior Championships|
|World U18 Championships|
|Junior int'l totals||28||13||14||27||20|
|Senior int'l totals||47||15||7||22||91|
- Tuomo Ruutu's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Tuomo Ruutu's player profile at NHL.com
- Tuomo Ruutu on nhlfinns.com
|Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick