August 23, 1975 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)|
|NHL Draft||68th overall, 1998
Jarkko Samuli Ruutu (pronounced Yar-ko Roo-to (IPA: /ˈjʌrk.kɔ ˈruː.tu/); born August 23, 1975) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey Forward who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks. He is currently serving as a European development coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Ruutu initially moved to North America to play college hockey with Michigan Tech of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). After his first year, however, he returned to Finland and turned professional with HIFK of SM-liiga in 1996–97. In his draft year, he recorded 20 points in 37 games and was then drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round, 68th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played one more season with HIFK before moving back to North America to play for the Canucks' minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Ruutu played his first full season with the Canucks in 2001–02 and earned himself a reputation as one of the league's most effective "pests" or "agitators". During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ruutu played once more for HIFK and set a SM-liiga record for penalty minutes in a single season with 215 (since broken by Matt Nickerson).
He had his best NHL season to date statistically in the 2005–2006 season, scoring 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in 82 games, while amassing 142 penalty minutes with the Canucks. In the off-season, Ruutu became a free agent on July 1, 2006 and signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He recorded his first three-point game in NHL during his second season with the Penguins on March 27, 2008, against the New York Islanders.
In July 2008, Ruutu signed with the Ottawa Senators to a 3-year, $3.9 million contract. On November 13, 2008, Ruutu was suspended for 2 games for elbowing Maxim Lapierre in the head two days earlier in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.
In a game on January 6, 2009, Ruutu allegedly bit the gloved thumb of Buffalo Sabres' enforcer Andrew Peters during a first-period altercation, although he denied this in a post-game interview and claimed that Peters had actually gouged his eye and stuck his fingers into Ruutu's mouth. The next day, he was suspended for two games and fined $31,700 by the NHL for the incident.
On February 17, 2011, Ruutu was traded by the Senators to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a sixth-round 2011 draft pick. In his final season in the NHL, Ruutu played out remainder of his contract with the Ducks, appearing in 23 games for a goal and assist.
After his NHL career, Ruutu went back to SM-Liiga to play for Jokerit on a three-year contract. His contract was not renewed after Jokerit left SM-Liiga to join KHL in 2014. He completed his professional career in playing 4 games with EHC Biel in the Swiss National League A during the 2014–15 season, before announcing his retirement on December 15, 2014.
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Ruutu also won a silver medal with Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He gained notoriety during the tournament when he checked Czech winger Jaromir Jagr to the boards while Jagr was crouching.
Ruutu is married to Sofia Ruutu (née Morelius), a Finnish model & blogger. The couple has two children and live in Töölö, Helsinki. His younger brother, Tuomo Ruutu, is a member of HC Davos in the National League A (NLA) - his other brother, retired player Mikko Ruutu, currently scouts for NHL team Ottawa Senators. He is also a second cousin of Hanno Möttölä, who became the first Finnish basketball player to play in the NBA. Ruutu's cousin, Raul Ruutu, plays bass in Finnish pop rock band Sunrise Avenue.
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||Kansas City Blades||IHL||46||11||18||29||111||—||—||—||—||—|
- Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), September 23, 2004.
- Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh Penguins, July 4, 2006.
- Signed as a free agent by Ottawa Senators, July 2, 2008.
- Traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Anaheim Ducks, February 17, 2011
- Signed as a free agent by Jokerit, September 9, 2011
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2008-11-17.(in Finnish)
- "Crosby returns; Penguins handle Islanders, take over first in East". CBS Sports. 2008-03-27. Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "Elbow smash earns Ruutu two-game ban". Globe and Mail. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2008-11-14.[permanent dead link]
- "Peters backs NHL's punishment of Ruutu for biting incident". USA Today. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- "Jarkko Ruutu retires". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2014-12-15.