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Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg/14 st 4 lb)
NHL Team
F. teams
Ottawa Senators
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
SM-liiga
HIFK
Nationality 22x20px Finland
Born August 23, 1975 (1975-08-23) (age 41),
Vantaa, FIN
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1998
Vancouver Canucks
Pro career 1996 – present

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Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Silver 2006 Turin Ice hockey

Jarkko Ruutu (born August 23, 1975 in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

Playing career Edit

Ruutu started his pro hockey career with HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 1996–97 season. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks as their third round pick, #68 overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ruutu played for his hometown team HIFK, and set a new SM-liiga record for penalty minutes during the regular season, since broken by Matt Nickerson.

Ruutu earned a reputation for being one of the Pens' and even one of the NHL's biggest "pests" or "agitators", which also made him one of the most penalized. He had his best NHL season to date in the 2005–2006 season, scoring 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in 82 games, while amassing 142 penalty minutes.

He won a Silver Medal as part of the Finnish national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy During the Olympic tournament Ruutu gained notoriety when he checked Czech Republic winger Jaromir Jagr to the boards while Jagr was crouching. Ruutu received a double minor for boarding from the incident.

In July 2006, Ruutu signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he become a fan favorite. He notched his first three point game in the NHL on March 27, 2008 against the New York Islanders[1]. In July 2008, Ruutu signed with the Ottawa Senators for a 3 year, $3.9 million contract.

He is the older brother of Mikko and Tuomo Ruutu.

In an interview on May 15, 2008, he said that he served his mandatory service in the Finnish Army stationed at Helsinki Airport as part of an anti-aircraft unit.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Michigan Tech NCAA 38 12 10 22 96 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 HIFK SM-liiga 48 11 10 21 155 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 HIFK SM-liiga 37 10 10 20 166 9 7 4 11 10
1998-99 HIFK SM-liiga 25 10 4 14 136 9 0 2 2 43
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 65 26 32 58 164 4 3 1 4 8
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 1 1 6 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 46 11 18 29 111 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 21 3 3 6 32 4 0 1 1 8
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 2 7 9 74 1 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 2 2 4 66 13 0 2 2 14
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 6 8 14 133 6 1 0 1 41
2004-05 HIFK SM-liiga 50 10 18 28 215 3 0 0 0 41
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 10 7 17 142 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 7 9 16 125 5 0 0 0 10
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 6 10 16 138 20 2 1 3 26
2008-09 Ottawa Senators NHL
NHL Totals 419 36 47 83 716 49 3 4 7 68

International play Edit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver 2006 Turin Ice hockey

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Finland WC 9 1 0 1 10
2004 Finland WC 6 0 0 0 20
2004 Finland WCH 4 0 0 0 6
2005 Finland WC 7 1 0 1 4
2006 Finland Olympics 8 0 0 0 31
Int'l Totals 34 2 0 2 71

Transactions Edit

  • 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.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Crosby returns; Penguins handle Islanders, take over first in East - NHL - CBSSports.com

External links Edit

de:Jarkko Ruutu fr:Jarkko Ruutu he:יארקו רוטו ru:Рууту, Яркко sk:Jarkko Ruutu fi:Jarkko Ruutu sv:Jarkko Ruutu

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