Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Tugnutt
Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Ron Tugnutt played junior with the OHL's Peterborough Petes. He was selected 81st overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1986 and was a solid backup for the club during his first three pro seasons. He was the first stringer in the early '90s when the club declined and was often one of the few bright lights on the team.

In March 1992 he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he was a solid back up to Bill Ranford. Tugnutt also played four games for Canada at the 1993 World Championships. A few weeks later he was claimed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the Expansion Draft. The steady netminder played well in 28 games before he was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens to provide insurance behind Patrick Roy.

After spending the entire 1995-96 season with the AHL's Portland Pirates, Tugnutt returned to the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. Playing the best hockey of his career, he and partner Damian Rhodes backstopped the club to the playoffs in 1997 and 1998. The next year he led the NHL with a 1.79 goals against average and took part in his first All-Star Game. The next year, he was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins in return for Tom Barrasso and played 53 games for the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000-01. Tugnutt recorded four shutouts and 22 wins while playing a key role in the team's solid 71-point debut. The Scarborough native played two seasons with the Blue Jackets before being acquired by the Dallas Stars prior to the 2002-03 season.

Upon his arrival with the Stars, Tugnutt was used primarly as the backup goaltender and would also see some game action with the AHL's Utah Grizzlies. Following the lockout Tugnutt remained a unrestricted free agent and has since joined CBC as a colour commentator for Hockey Night in Canada.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1983-84 Toronto Red Wings Midgets MTHL 34 3 2.67
1983-84 Weston Dukes ON-Jr.B 1 0 0 0 0 6.00
1984-85 Peterborough Petes OHL 18 7 4 2 0 3.77
1985-86 Peterborough Petes OHL 26 18 7 0 1 2.88 3 2 0 0 2.71
1986-87 Peterborough Petes OHL 31 21 7 2 2 2.79 6 3 3 1 3.37
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 6 2 3 0 0 3.38
1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 34 20 9 4 1 3.60 4 1 2 0 3.24
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 26 10 10 3 0 3.60
1988-89 Halifax Citadels AHL 24 14 7 2 1 3.46
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 35 5 24 3 0 4.61
1989-90 Halifax Citadels AHL 6 1 5 0 0 3.77
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 56 12 29 10 0 4.05
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 2 0 1 0 0 4.80
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 30 6 17 3 1 4.02
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 8 3 3 1 0 4.03
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 1 1 0 0 4.84 2 0 0 0 3.00
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 9 12 2 0 4.17
1992-93 Canada WC-A 4 2.87
1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 28 10 15 1 1 3.00
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 2 3 1 0 3.81 1 0 1 0 5.08
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 1 3 1 0 3.12
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 58 21 23 6 2 3.34 13 7 6 1 2.76
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 37 17 15 1 3 2.80 7 3 4 1 1.98
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 42 15 14 8 3 2.25 2 0 1 0 4.86
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 22 10 8 3 1.79 2 0 2 0 3.05
1998-99 Canada WC-A 7 4 3 0 2.01
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 44 18 12 8 4 2.54
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 4 2 0 0 2.41 11 6 5 2 1.77
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 53 22 25 5 4 2.44
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 44 12 27 3 2 2.85
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 31 15 10 5 4 2.47
2002-03 Utah Grizzlies AHL 5 1 3 1 0 2.99
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 11 3 7 0 1 2.41
2003-04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 5 1 3 1 0 2.99
NHL Totals 537 186 239 62 26 3.04 25 9 13 3 2.26


OHL First All-Star Team (1987) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1999) Traded to Edmonton by Quebec with Brad Zavisha for Martin Rucinsky, March 10, 1992. Claimed by Anaheim from Edmonton in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to Montreal by Anaheim for Stephan Lebeau, February 20, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 25, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, August 14, 1996. Traded to Pittsburgh by Ottawa with Janne Laukkanen for Tom Barrasso, March 14, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 4, 2000. Traded to Dallas by Columbus with Columbus' 2nd round choice (Janos Vas) in 2002 Entry Draft for New Jersey's 1st round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Buffalo - Buffalo selected Dan Paille) in 2002 Entry Draft, June 18, 2002.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to knee (December 2, 2003 in practice) and groin (January 2, 2004 vs. Phoenix) injuries.