Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Rucchin
While growing up in London, Ontario, Steve Rucchin considered hockey to be little more than a diversionary time killer. By the time he attended Banting High School, the brainy centreman quit playing minor hockey to skate a mere two and a half months per season for his school's team.

But despite his limited ice time, he became good enough to skate for the hometown University of Western Mustangs of the OUAA. While studying biology, Rucchin became a dominant player throughout the university circuit. At the close of his senior year, he was voted the league's MVP and was selected as a First Team All-Canadian.

While quietly dominating his league, a part time scout named Richard Green of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks was told of the young "phenom" over at Western University. He alerted the Anaheim brass, who sent a crew up for a look at Rucchin's play. They were so impressed, they took a vow of secrecy to avoid alerting any competitors about their prospect.

As such, the Ducks were able to secure Rucchin's rights in a supplemental draft held in 1994. The young centreman left Western University with a degree in biology in one hand and a professional contract in the other.

Rucchin started the 1994-95 campaign with the San Diego Gulls of the IHL. But his impressive play won him a permanent spot on the Ducks' rosters midway through the season. Since that time, he has established himself as a versatile NHLer with sound hockey instincts, good puck control, and a willingness to work his own end and the corners to good effect. In 2002-03 Rucchin surpassed 500 games played and helped the Ducks reach the Stanley Cup Final, only to lose in a hard-fought seven game series to the New Jersey Devils.

Coming off a Stanley Cup run the previous year, the Ducks struggled in 2003-04, yet Rucchin continued his strong play on the ice, finishing the season with 43 points (20-23-43) and at the same time reaching the 400-point plateau.

Following the NHL lock out of 2004-05, Rucchin was acquired by the New York Rangers in the summer of 2005. Upon his arrival, Rucchin was named an alternate captain of the Rangers and would go on to tally 36 points (13-23-36) in his 72 games played.

The Rangers were ousted from the playoffs in the first round that season and opted not to re-sign Rucchin in the off-season.

Rucchin was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers on July 3, 2006.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Frederick Banting Broncos High-ON
1989-90 Thamesford Trojans ON-Jr.D 2 1 2 3 0
1990-91 U. of Western Ontario OUAA 34 13 16 29 14
1991-92 U. of Western Ontario OUAA 37 28 34 62 36
1992-93 U. of Western Ontario OUAA 34 22 26 48 16
1993-94 U. of Western Ontario OUAA 35 30 23 53 30
1994-95 San Diego Gulls IHL 41 11 15 26 14
1994-95 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 43 6 11 17 23 +7
1995-96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 64 19 25 44 12 +3
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 19 48 67 24 +26 8 1 2 3 10
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 72 17 36 53 13 +8
1997-98 Canada WC-A 6 1 2 3 2
1998-99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 69 23 39 62 22 +11 4 0 3 3 0
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 71 19 38 57 16 +9
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 16 3 5 8 0 -5
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 38 7 16 23 6 -3
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 20 38 58 12 -14 21 7 3 10 2
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 20 23 43 12 -14
2004-05
2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 72 13 23 36 10 +6 4 1 0 1 0
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 47 5 16 21 14 -4
NHL Totals 735 171 318 489 164 37 9 8 17 12


Missed majority of 2000-01 due to jaw injury vs. Colorado, November 15, 2000.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to leg injury vs. San Jose, November 16, 2001. Traded to NY Rangers by Anaheim for Trevor Gillies and NY Rangers' 4th round pick (later traded back to NY Rangers) - later traded to Washington - Washington selected Brett Bruneteau) in 2007 NHL Draft, August 23, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 3, 2006.
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