Tuomo Ruutu

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Tuomo Ruutu
Tuomo Ruutu - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Ruutu in 2014 as a member of the New Jersey Devils.
Born (1983-02-16) February 16, 1983 (age 31)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
Helsingin IFK
Jokerit
Chicago Blackhawks
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2001
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1999–present

Tuomo Iisakki Ruutu (born February 16, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who plays for the New Jersey Devils 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.

Playing career[edit]

Ruutu as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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.

Ruutu represented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and scored his first goal with Team Finland in the final against Canada.

After an unimpressive showing at the 2006 World Championships Ruutu said he might retire. 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).[1]

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. Ruutu has earned a medal in each of the 11 major international tournaments he's competed in.

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.[2]

Just hours before the end of the NHL trade deadline on March 5th, 2014, Ruutu was traded to the New Jersey Devils for center Andrei Loktionov.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 HIFK SM-l 1 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Jokerit SM-l 47 11 11 22 94 5 0 0 0 4
2001–02 Jokerit SM-l 51 7 16 23 69 10 0 6 6 29
2002–03 HIFK SM-l 30 12 15 27 24
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 23 21 44 58
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 2 3 5 31
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 17 21 38 95
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 6 15 21 75
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 4 7 11 16
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 26 28 54 79 16 1 3 4 8
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 54 14 21 35 50
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 19 38 57 54
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 18 16 34 50
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 4 5 9 8
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 5 11 16 34
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 3 5 8 10
NHL totals 625 141 191 332 560 16 1 3 4 8

International[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
Bronze 2014 Sochi
World Cup
Silver 2004 Canada
World Championships
Gold 2011 Bratislava
Silver 2007 Moscow
Bronze 2006 Riga
Bronze 2008 Quebec City
World Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Moscow
Bronze 2002 Pardubice
Bronze 2003 Halifax
World U18 Championships
Gold 2000 Kloten
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland WJC18 7 6 2 8 0
2001 Finland WJC 7 1 3 4 4
2002 Finland WJC 7 4 1 5 10
2003 Finland WJC 7 2 8 10 6
2004 Finland WCH 6 1 2 3 4
2006 Finland WC 9 0 0 0 49
2007 Finland WC 8 3 3 6 20
2008 Finland WC 9 4 2 6 8
2010 Finland Oly 6 1 0 1 2
2011 Finland WC 9 6 0 6 8
2014 Finland Oly 6 1 4 5 2
Junior totals 28 13 14 27 20
Senior totals 53 16 11 27 93

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ruutu, Canes Agree on Three-Year Deal". carolinahurricanes.com. 2009-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Canes Agree to Terms with Ruutu on Extension". carolinahurricanes.com. 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Hurricanes trade Ruutu to Devils for Loktionov". The Sports Network. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 

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Preceded by
Pavel Vorobiev
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Adam Munro