Jarkko Ruutu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Jarkko Ruutu
Jarkko Ruutu 2013 1.jpg
Born(1975-08-23) August 23, 1975 (age 39)
Vantaa, Finland
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsLeft
SM-Liiga team
Former teams
Jokerit
HIFK
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ottawa Senators
Anaheim Ducks
National team Finland
NHL Draft68th overall, 1998
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career1996–present
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Jarkko Ruutu
Jarkko Ruutu 2013 1.jpg
Born(1975-08-23) August 23, 1975 (age 39)
Vantaa, Finland
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsLeft
SM-Liiga team
Former teams
Jokerit
HIFK
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ottawa Senators
Anaheim Ducks
National team Finland
NHL Draft68th overall, 1998
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career1996–present

Jarkko Samuli Ruutu (pronounced Yar-ko Roo-to (IPA: /ˈjʌrk.kɔ ˈruː.tu/); born August 23, 1975) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player. Ruutu is currently without a contract after a try-out with EHC Biel. His younger brother, Tuomo Ruutu, currently plays for the New Jersey Devils in NHL - 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.

Playing career[edit]

Ruutu playing for the Ottawa Senators

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).[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

On February 17, 2011, Ruutu was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a sixth-round 2011 draft pick.

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.

International play[edit]

Jarkko Ruutu
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Silver2006Turin
Bronze2010Vancouver
World Championships
Silver2007Russia
Bronze2006Latvia
Silver2001Germany
Silver1998Switzerland

Ruutu has appeared in six World Championships with Finland and has won silver medals in 1998, 2001 and 2007 and a bronze medal in 2006.

At the 2004 World Cup, Ruutu helped Finland to a second-place finish, losing the championship game to Team Canada.

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.

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1995–96Michigan TechWCHA3812102296
1996–97HIFKSM-l48111021155
1997–98HIFKSM-l371010201669741110
1998–99HIFKSM-l2510414136902243
1999–00Syracuse CrunchAHL6526325816443148
1999–00Vancouver CanucksNHL80116
2000–01Kansas City BladesIHL46111829111
2000–01Vancouver CanucksNHL213363240118
2001–02Vancouver CanucksNHL492797410000
2002–03Vancouver CanucksNHL36224661302214
2003–04Vancouver CanucksNHL716814133610141
2004–05HIFKSM-l50101828215300041
2005–06Vancouver CanucksNHL8210717142
2006–07Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL817916125500010
2007–08Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL71610161382021326
2008–09Ottawa SenatorsNHL7871421144
2009–10Ottawa SenatorsNHL82121426121621334
2010–11Ottawa SenatorsNHL50281059
2010–11Anaheim DucksNHL2311238300012
2011–12JokeritSM-l591421351921012333
2012–13JokeritSM-l48121729122601114
NHL totals65258841421078585510114

International[edit]

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
2001FinlandWC910110
2004FinlandWC600020
2004FinlandWCH40006
2005FinlandWC71014
2006FinlandOly800031
Int'l totals3420271

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

Personal Life[edit]

Ruutu is married to Sofia Ruutu (née Morelius), a Finnish model & blogger. The couple has one child, daughter named Greta, born in 2013 and live in Töölö, Helsinki.

References[edit]

External links[edit]