Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Rupp
Michael Rupp was born January 13, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio. The 1st round, 9th overall selection of the New York Islanders in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Rupp is a graduate of St. Edward's High School in Ohio and went on to play three years in the OHL before making his professional debut in 2000-01.

After graduating from St. Edwards High School in 1997, Rupp joined the OHL's Windsor Spitfires for the early part of the 1997-98 season before being dealt to the Sarnia Sting. The Cleveland, Ohio native spent three and half seasons with the Sting ending his OHL career in 2000 with 70 goals and 127 points in 185 games.

Unable to reach a contract agreement with the Islanders, Rupp re-entered the draft in 2000 and was taken by the New Jersey Devils with their 7th choice, 76th overall. Looking for a fresh start, Rupp joined the Devils AHL affiliate in Albany for the 2000-01 season and went on to play two full seasons with the Devils farm hand before making his NHL debut in 2002-03. During the 2002-03 season, the former first rounder split his time between Albany and New Jersey, where in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final he scored the game winning goal helping the Devils capture their third Stanley Cup in team history.

In 2003-04, Rupp was playing in his first full season with the Devils before being acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes in the latter stages of the season. Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Rupp was acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the early stages of the 2005-06 season.

Rupp would appear in only 39 games with the Blue Jackets as a broken foot kept him out of 12 games. He missed the final 19 games of the regular season due to an irregular heart beat.

In the summer of 2006 Rupp would return to New Jersey, signing a deal on July 10 as an unrestricted free agent.

After three seasons in New Jersey, where he continued to establish himself as a tough and gritty NHL winger, Rupp signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2009.

In his first year in Pittsburgh, Rupp would set a career high in goals with 13.

On July 1, 2011, Rupp's time with the Penguins would come to an end. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers.

Rupp appeared in 60 games for the Rangers during the 2011-12 season, bringing his trademark tough, physical brand of hockey. He scored four times for the club and added 97 penalty minutes.

On February 4, 2013, after appearing in just eight games for the Rangers during the 2012-13 season, Rupp was traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 St. Edward's High School High-OH 20 26 24 50
1997-98 Windsor Spitfires OHL 38 9 8 17 60 -14
1997-98 Erie Otters OHL 26 7 3 10 57 +5 7 3 1 4 6
1998-99 Erie Otters OHL 63 22 25 47 102 -2 5 0 2 2 25
1999-00 Erie Otters OHL 58 32 21 53 134 +4 13 5 5 10 22
2000-01 Albany River Rats AHL 71 10 10 20 63
2001-02 Albany River Rats AHL 78 13 17 30 90 -27
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 5 3 8 21 0 4 1 3 4 0
2002-03 Albany River Rats AHL 47 8 11 19 74 +1
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 6 5 11 41 -1
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 6 0 1 1 6 -3
2004-05 Danbury Trashers UHL 14 5 5 10 30 +4 11 3 4 7 38
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 39 4 2 6 58 -3
2005-06 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 1 2 3 12 +1
2006-07 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 6 3 9 92 -10 9 0 1 1 7
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 3 6 9 58 -8 5 0 1 1 2
2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 3 6 9 136 -2 7 0 0 0 14
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 13 6 19 120 +5 11 0 0 0 8
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 9 8 17 124 -4 7 1 1 2 4
2011-12 New York Rangers NHL 60 4 1 5 97 -1 20 0 0 0 36
2012-13 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 0 0 12 -3
2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL 32 1 3 4 67 +1 4 0 0 0 12
2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL 13 0 1 1 23 +1
2013-14 Iowa Wild AHL 5 0 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 610 54 45 99 855 67 2 6 8 83


Traded to Erie (OHL) by Windsor (OHL) for Jason Ward, January 6, 1998.Traded to Phoenix by New Jersey with New Jersey's 2nd round pick (later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Geoff Paukovich) in 2004 NHL Draft for Jan Hrdina, March 5, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Danbury (UHL), February 10, 2005. Traded to Columbus by Phoenix with Cale Hulse and Jason Chimera for Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman, October 8, 2005. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 10, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 1, 2009. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2011. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri, February 4, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to knee surgery, October 1, 2013 and as a healthy reserve.
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