Steve Rucchin

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Steve Rucchin
Born(1971-07-04) July 4, 1971 (age 42)
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forAtlanta Thrashers
New York Rangers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
National team Canada
NHL Draft1994 NHL Supplemental Draft
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career1994–2007
 
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Steve Rucchin
Born(1971-07-04) July 4, 1971 (age 42)
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forAtlanta Thrashers
New York Rangers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
National team Canada
NHL Draft1994 NHL Supplemental Draft
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career1994–2007

Steven Andrew Rucchin (/ˈrɨn/; born July 4, 1971 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a retired ice hockey centre who played for three teams in the National Hockey League, most notably for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Playing career[edit]

Rucchin played high school hockey for Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School in London, Ontario. His coach happened to also be an assistant with the University of Western Ontario and recruited him. He was an Ontario University All-Star in three of his four seasons there, and was named Player of the Year and First-team All-Canadian in his senior season. He was drafted 2nd overall in the 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He soon centered Anaheim's top line with Paul Kariya and Teemu Selänne. Rucchin was an alternate captain from 2000–2003, and captain in 2003–05. In the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rucchin earned his spot in Mighty Ducks immortality when he helped the Ducks upset the Detroit Red Wings in a sweep of four games by scoring the game-winning and series-clinching overtime goal in Game 4. At the World Championship 1998 in Switzerland he and his older brother Larry made history when they face each other when Steve used to play for Canada while Larry played for Italy.

In August 2005, he was traded to the New York Rangers for minor-league enforcer Trevor Gillies and a conditional 2007 draft pick in a move to dump salary. He ranks third in Ducks history in assists (279), goals (153), points (432), and game-winning goals (23). Known as a great locker-room teammate, he provided veteran leadership in 2005–06, as an alternate captain (along with Jaromir Jagr and Darius Kasparaitis) on a young Rangers team.

On July 3, 2006, Rucchin signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers. On March 6, 2007, he suffered a concussion on a hit by Ben Guite of the Colorado Avalanche. This injury ended his career.

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1994–95San Diego GullsIHL4111152614
1994–95Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL436111723
1995–96Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL6419254412
1996–97Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL7919486724812310
1997–98Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL7217365313
1998–99Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL692339622240330
1999–00Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL7119385716
2000–01Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL163580
2001–02Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL38716236
2002–03Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL82203858122173102
2003–04Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL8220234312
2005–06New York RangersNHL721323361041010
2006–07Atlanta ThrashersNHL475162114
NHL totals73517131848916437981712

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Preceded by
Paul Kariya
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim captain
2003–04
Succeeded by
Scott Niedermayer