Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Martin Rucinsky
Martin Rucinsky was groomed in the style of international hockey, where speed to cover more ice was essential. He learned his lessons well, skating for Litvinov in his native Czech Republic from 1988 to 1991.

During the World Junior Championships of 1991, he impressed all observers with his deft scoring touch and quick wheels. Shortly thereafter, the Edmonton Oilers grabbed him in the NHL Entry Draft later that summer.

He never caught on with the Oilers' organization, however. After a short time with Cape Breton of the AHL, he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques. By 1992-93, Rucinsky finally caught a regular NHL shift in Quebec. He demonstrated some effective playmaking and balanced his offense with sufficient attention to keeping the puck out of his own net.

After two NHL seasons, however, Rucinsky elected to play briefly in the Czech Republic before rejoining the Nordiques for 20 games near the end of the year. In 1995-96, the Nordiques transferred to Colorado, taking their speedy left winger along for the ride. He played only 22 games in Denver, however, before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the Patrick Roy trade.

As a Hab, Rucinsky came into his own while skating on the club's second line with Valeri Bure and Vincent Damphousse. In his first 56 games he netted 60 points. Over the next two seasons, Rucinsky became a steady, versatile wheel on the Canadiens' caravan. In addition to skating with Damphousse and new addition Brian Savage, he killed penalties and joined the club's second power-play unit. And to add some trimming to the cake, Rucinsky joined Dominik Hasek at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano where their native Czech Republic team won the gold medal.

Since that time, Rucinsky has enjoyed a second gold medal victory that came at the World Hockey Championships held in Norway in 1999. After parts of seven seasons in Montreal, Rucinski was dealt to the Dallas Stars in the early stages of the 2001-02 season. The skilled forward played only 42 games with the Stars before landing on Broadway with the New York Rangers in the latter stages of 2001-02 season. With stops in Montreal, Dallas, New York and a second trip to the Olympics with the Czech Republic in Salt Lake City Rucinsky became a member of the St. Louis Blues organization in the early stages of the 2002-03 season.

In his only season with St. Louis, Rucinsky registered 30 points (16-14-30) in 61 games before signing with the New York Rangers in the summer of 2003. Rucinsky's stay in New York was short lived, as he was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks at the 2004 trade deadline, yet would return to the club in the summer of 2005. As a member of the Rangers in 2005-06, Rucinsky would record over a point a game however the club opted not to re-sign the left winger.

In the summer of 2006, Rucinsky was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues.

Throughout his career, Rucinsky has represented his homeland on the international scene on numerous occasions. Aside from his appearance at the 1991 World Junior Championships, the 1998 Winter Olympics and the 1999 World Championships, Rucinsky has represented the Czech Republic at the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1996 and 2004 World Cup, the 2002 Winter Olympics and four more times at the World Championships (1994, 2001, 2004 and 2005).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 CHZ Litvinov Czech 3 1 0 1 2
1989-90 CHZ Litvinov Czech 39 12 6 18 8 5 3 8
1990-91 HC CHZ Litvinov Czech 56 24 20 44 69
1990-91 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 9 5 14 2
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 4 0 2 2 4
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -3
1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 35 11 12 23 34
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 4 1 1 2 2 +1
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 7 1 1 2 6
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 18 30 48 51 +16 6 1 1 2 4
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 60 9 23 32 58 +4
1993-94 Czech Republic WC-A 6 2 2 4 8
1994-95 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 13 12 10 22 54
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 20 3 6 9 14 +5
1995-96 HC Petra Vsetin CzRep 1 1 1 2 0
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 4 11 15 14 +10
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 25 35 60 54 +8
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 28 27 55 62 +1 5 0 0 0 4
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 21 32 53 84 +13 10 3 0 3 4
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 3 1 4 4
1998-99 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 3 2 2 4 0
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 17 17 34 50 -25
1998-99 Czech Republic WC-A 12 4 6 10 16
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 25 24 49 70 +1
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 16 22 38 66 -5
2000-01 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 4 6 30 +8
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 2 6 8 12 -1
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 42 6 11 17 24 +3
2001-02 Czech Republic Olympics 4 0 3 3 2 -2
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 15 3 10 13 6 +6
2002-03 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 2 1 0 1 2
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 16 14 30 38 -1 7 4 2 6 4
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 69 13 29 42 62 +13
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 1 2 3 10 +2 7 1 1 2 6
2003-04 Czech Republic WC-A 7 4 5 9 6 +5
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 4 1 1 2 10 +2
2004-05 HC Chemopetrol Litvinov CzRep 38 15 26 41 87
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 9 2 4 6 22 +4
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 52 16 39 55 56 +10 2 0 1 1 2
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 8 1 3 4 0 0
2006-07 St. Louis Blues NHL 52 12 21 33 48 -3
2007-08 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 5 11 16 40 -9
2008-09 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 19 5 4 9 26
2009-10 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 52 12 10 22 82 7 2 3 5 8
2010-11 HC Sparta Praha CzRep 9 0 2 2 6
2010-11 HC Benzina Litvinov CzRep 23 9 11 20 36
2011-12 HC Verva Litvinov CzRep 56 17 11 28 108
2012-13 HC Verva Litvinov CzRep 33 13 14 27 42 7 1 3 4 12
2013-14 HC Verva Litvinov CzRep 47 12 17 29 56
2014-15 HC Verva Litvinov CzRep 51 19 35 54 64 17 3 8 11 10
NHL Totals 961 241 371 612 821 37 9 5 14 24


WJC-A All-Star Team (1991)
WC-A All-Star Team (1999) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2000)
Traded to Quebec by Edmonton for Ron Tugnutt and Brad Zavisha, March 10, 1992. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Montreal by Colorado with Andrei Kovalenko and Jocelyn Thibault for Patrick Roy and Mike Keane, December 6, 1995. Traded to Dallas by Montreal with Benoit Brunet for Donald Audette and Shaun Van Allen, November 21, 2001. Traded to NY Rangers by Dallas with Roman Lyashenko for Manny Malhotra and Barrett Heisten, March 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, October 30, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 28, 2003. Traded to Vancouver by NY Rangers for RJ Umberger and Martin Grenier, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Litvinov (CzRep), August 20, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 2, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Sparta Praha (CzRep), July 23, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, July 16, 2015.
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