Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jason Ruff
Jason Ruff was born January 27, 1970 in Kelowna, B.C. The 3rd choice, 96th overall selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Ruff is a graduate of the Western Hockey League where he spent four seasons as a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

A WHL East First Team All-Star in 1991, Ruff joined the St. Louis' International Hockey League affiliate in Peoria following his last season in Lethbridge. Ruff played in five playoff games with Peoria in 1991 and returned to their line up the following year.

The 1992-93 season marked the NHL debut for the Kelowna, B.C. native with the Blues as he played in seven games, scoring two goals and adding one assists for three points. Even though he played in seven games with St. Louis, Ruff spent the majority of the season in Peoria, before being dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through the season. After being traded to Tampa Bay, Ruff played one game with the Lightning that season while finishing the season with Tampa Bay's IHL affiliate in Atlanta.

In the summer 1993, Ruff suited up for the Anaheim Bullfrogs of the Roller Hockey International before returning to Tampa Bay where he played in six games, while spending the better part of the season with Atlanta leading them to the 1994 Turner Cup. Ruff spent two more seasons with Atlanta before the team relocated in Quebec City in 1996-97.

Ruff spent 1996-97 and most of the 1997-98 season with the Quebec Rafales before being dealt to the Cleveland Lumberjacks towards the end of the season and returned to Cleveland's line up the following year while also playing one game with the IHL's Houston Aeros.

After eight seasons in the IHL, Ruff joined the Bundesliga/Deutsche Eishockey Liga's Frankfurt Lions where he spent two seasons before joining the Belfast, Ireland Giants in 2001-02.

Throughout his career, Jason Ruff has played 14 NHL games, scoring three goals while adding three assists for six points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Kelowna Packers BCJHL 45 16 14 30 48
1987-88 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 69 25 22 47 109
1988-89 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 69 42 38 80 127 7 2 3 5 28
1989-90 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 72 55 64 119 114 19 9 10 19 18
1990-91 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 66 61 75 136 154 16 12 17 29 18
1990-91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 5 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Peoria Rivermen IHL 67 27 45 72 148 10 7 7 14 19
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 2 1 3 8 -1
1992-93 Peoria Rivermen IHL 40 22 21 43 81
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 26 11 14 25 90 7 2 1 3 26
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 6 1 2 3 2 +2
1993-94 Atlanta Knights IHL 71 24 25 49 122 14 6 17 23 41
1994-95 Atlanta Knights IHL 64 42 34 76 161 3 3 1 4 10
1995-96 Atlanta Knights IHL 59 39 33 72 135 2 0 0 0 16
1996-97 Quebec Rafales IHL 80 35 50 85 93 9 8 5 13 10
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 54 21 24 45 77 -6
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 6 2 3 5 9 -5 10 6 6 12 4
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 44 13 27 40 57 -14
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 19 5 5 10 12
1999-00 Frankfurt Lions Germany 47 19 24 43 71 4 1 0 1 2
2000-01 Frankfurt Lions Germany 49 12 24 36 61
2001-02 Belfast Giants Britain 42 17 31 48 48 6 1 5 6 38
2002-03 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 23 0 8 8 32
NHL Totals 14 3 3 6 10


WHL East First All-Star Team (1991) Traded to Tampa Bay by St. Louis for Doug Crossman, Basil McRae and Tampa Bay's 4th round pick (Andrei Petrakov) in 1996 NHL Draft, January 28, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Belfast (Britain), July 26, 2001.
Played w/ RHI's Anaheim Bullfrogs in 1993 (2-0-2-2-8).
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