Bryan Rust

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Bryan Rust
Bryan Rust 2017-12-09 2.jpg
Rust with the Penguins in 2017.
Born (1992-05-11) May 11, 1992 (age 26)
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 80th overall, 2010
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2014–present

Bryan Peter Rust (born May 11, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rust was born in Pontiac, Michigan, but grew up in Troy, Michigan.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Rust played his collegiate career from 2010 to 2014 at the University of Notre Dame where he played a total of 161 games totaling 97 points. Rust finished his senior year as an alternate captain. Rust won a Gold Medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships for Team USA and the 2013 CCHA Tournament for Notre Dame. Rust was selected 80th overall in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Rust raises the Stanley Cup in Nashville, 2017.

Rust made his AHL debut during the 2013–14 AHL season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Rust made his NHL debut on December 13, 2014 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets where the Penguins lost to the Blue Jackets in a shootout.[2] He would score his first NHL goal two nights later against Evgeni Nabokov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, on December 15, 2014.[3]

Rust would enjoy a breakout year in 2016, due to injuries in the Penguins organization. After recording 8 points in 33 games in the 2015–16 season, Rust signed a 2-year extension with Pittsburgh, along with fellow players Scott Wilson, and Tom Kühnhackl.[4] On May 26, 2016, at the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, Rust became the 8th rookie in history to get multiple goals in a game 7.[5]

On December 5, 2016, Rust first recorded his first career hat-trick in an 8–5 win over the Ottawa Senators.[6]

On April 20, 2017, Rust scored two pivotal goals, including the game-winner, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round meeting between the Penguins and the Blue Jackets. The Penguins ultimately won the game 5–2, and the series 4–1. He later went on to score the game (and series) winning goal in Game 7 of the Penguins next playoff series against the Washington Capitals. He has since been dubbed by Penguins fans as "Mr. Elimination" after scoring goals in game sevens.[7]

As a pending free agent after the 2017–18 season, Rust recorded career highs in assists and points. He helped propel the Penguins to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, where they would lose in the second round to the Washington Capitals.[8] On June 26, 2018, Rust signed a four-year contract to stay with the Penguins. The contract carries an annual average value of $3.5 million.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Rust is the younger brother of retired AHL player Matt Rust who also played for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins during the 2011–12 AHL season.[10][11] Rust, also known as Rusty, has a mild speech impediment, but through his life he has learned to not let this affect his confidence.[12] Rust graduated Notre Dame May 2014 with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 42 6 9 15 18
2009–10 U.S. National Development Team USHL 27 10 13 23 6
2010–11 University of Notre Dame CCHA 40 6 13 19 4
2011–12 University of Notre Dame CCHA 40 5 6 11 14
2012–13 University of Notre Dame CCHA 41 15 19 34 4
2013–14 University of Notre Dame H-East 40 17 16 33 12
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 45 13 14 27 14 3 2 0 2 0
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 14 1 1 2 4
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 16 3 3 6 2
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 4 7 11 12 23 6 3 9 6
2016–17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 15 13 28 8 23 7 2 9 10
2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 13 25 38 26 12 3 0 3 4
NHL totals 181 33 46 79 50 58 16 5 21 20
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  United States
World Junior U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Belarus

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 4 2 6 4
Junior totals 7 4 2 6 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Awards Year
College
CCHA Tournament Champion 2013
NHL
Stanley Cup Champion 2016, 2017 [14][15]
Prince of Wales Trophy Champion 2016, 2017 [16][17]
Pittsburgh Penguins Team Awards
Michel Brière Rookie of the Year Award 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League.
  2. ^ "3 Impressions: Blue Jackets 4, Pens 3 (SO)". Pittsburgh Penguins. December 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Crechiolo, Michael (December 15, 2014). "3 Impressions: Pens 4, Bolts 2". Pittsburgh Penguins.
  4. ^ "Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, Tom Kuhnhackl Each Sign Two-Year Contract Extensions". NHL.com. March 14, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  5. ^ @FightingIrish (May 30, 2016). "DID YOU KNOW? Bryan Rust is the 8th rookie ever to score multiple goals in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Associated Press (5 December 2016). "Bryan Rust hat trick catches Senators sleeping". CBC. Canada. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ Kasan, Sam (May 10, 2017). "Mr. Elimination Upstages Mr. Game 7". NHL.com.
  8. ^ Chiappelli, Kirstie (June 26, 2018). "Penguins re-sign Bryan Rust to 4-year deal worth $14M". sportingnews.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Penguins re-sign winger Bryan Rust to four-year contract". sportsnet.ca. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Prewitt, Alex (May 28, 2016). "Game 7 hero Bryan Rust paving his own way with his brother's support". si.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Eliteprospects.com – Matt Rust". Elite Prospects.
  12. ^ "Despite speech impediment Penguins Bryan Rust isn't short on confidence". Post-Gazette. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  13. ^ "21: Bryan Rust". Notre Dame Ice Hockey. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Penguins win Stanley Cup, defeat Sharks in Game 6". National Hockey League. 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  15. ^ "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  16. ^ Crosby, Wes (May 27, 2016). "Penguins defeat Lightning, Stamkos in Game 7". NHL.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Crosby, Wes (May 26, 2017). "Penguins defeat Senators in 2OT of Game 7, return to Cup Final". NHL.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.

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