Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jarkko Ruutu
Born in Vantaa, Finland, Jarkko Ruutu spent several years with HIFK Helsinki and attended Michigan Tech University for one year in 1995-96. Chosen 68th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Ruutu scored 26 goals for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch in rookie season in 1999-00 and finished the year with 58 points.

After spending the better part of his first two seasons in the AHL with Syracuse and the IHL with Kansas City, Ruutu became a regular with the Canucks in 2001-02 and continues to play a hard-nosed game.

Following parts of six seasons with the Canucks, Ruutu was left unrestricted by the club and signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2006. Ruutu instantly became a fan favourite in Pittsburgh. Over two seasons, he regularly led the club in penalty minutes and he rarely missed a game. However, the Penguins were forced to trim their salaries in the summer of 2008 and as a result Ruutu was signed in the off-season by the Ottawa Senators.

Ruutu made his Olympic debut at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 and World Cup debut in 2004. In 2006, Ruutu represented Finland in the 2006 Winter Olympics and earned a Silver Medal.

In Ottawa he continued to bring with his trademark tenacious style that made him a favourite among teammates and detested among opponents.

At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Ruutu added to the silver medal he won in 2006, taking home a bronze medal along with his Finnish countrymen.

The 2010-11 season was a disappointing one in the nation's capital and in the days leading up to the trade deadline the Senators began unloading some of their higher-paid, veteran players. Ruutu was among those that found himself on the move, being shipped to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a sixth round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 HIFK Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 33 26 21 47 53
1992-93 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 19 9 12 21 44
1994-95 HIFK Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 35 26 22 48 117
1995-96 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 39 12 10 22 96
1996-97 HIFK Helsinki Finland 48 11 10 21 155
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Finland 37 10 10 20 166 9 7 4 11 10
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 1 0 1 16
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki Finland 25 10 4 14 136 9 0 2 2 43
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki EuroHL 5 1 2 3 8
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 1 1 6 -1
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 65 26 32 58 164 +33 4 3 1 4 8
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 21 3 3 6 32 +1 4 0 1 1 8
2000-01 Kansas City Blades IHL 46 11 18 29 111 +25
2000-01 Finland WC-A 9 1 0 1 10 +3
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 2 7 9 74 -1 1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 0 0 0 4 +1
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 2 2 4 66 -7 13 0 2 2 14
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 6 8 14 133 -13 6 1 0 1 10
2003-04 Finland WC-A 6 0 0 0 20 -1
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 4 0 0 0 6
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 50 10 18 28 215 3 0 0 0 41
2004-05 Finland WC-A 7 1 0 1 4 -1
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 10 7 17 142 +1
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 0 0 0 31 -1
2005-06 Finland WC-A 9 0 3 3 34 +4
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 7 9 16 125 0 5 0 0 0 10
2006-07 Finland WC-A 9 0 1 1 29 0
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 6 10 16 138 +3 20 2 1 3 26
2008-09 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 7 14 21 144 0
2008-09 Finland WC-A 7 0 2 2 14 0
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 12 14 26 121 -2 6 2 1 3 34
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 2 1 3 14 +3
2010-11 Ottawa Senators NHL 50 2 8 10 59 -2
2010-11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 23 1 1 2 38 0 3 0 0 0 12
2011-12 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 59 14 21 35 192 10 1 2 3 33
2012-13 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 48 12 17 29 122 6 0 1 1 14
2013-14 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 51 10 11 21 86 2 0 1 1 0
2014-15 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 4 0 0 0 14
NHL Totals 652 58 84 142 1078 58 5 5 10 114


Missed majority of 2002-03 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), September 23, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 4, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 2, 2008. Traded to Anaheim by Ottawa for Phoenix's 6th round pick (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Max McCormick) in 2011 NHL Draft, February 17, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 9, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, December 15, 2014.
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