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Tuomo Ruutu
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Ruutu with the New Jersey Devils in 2014
Born 16 February 1983 (1983-02-16) (age 38)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for HIFK
Jokerit
Chicago Blackhawks
Carolina Hurricanes
New Jersey Devils
HC Davos
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2001
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1999–2017

Tuomo Iisakki Ruutu (born 16 February 1983) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward and current assistant coach with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. Ruutu was drafted in the first round, ninth overall, at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, the team he spent the first four seasons of his National Hockey League (NHL) career with, Ruutu has also played in the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils, before finishing his career with Davos of the Swiss National League (NL). Ruutu is currently the Assistant Director of Player Development (along with Tanner Glass) for the New York Rangers.

Ruutu is the younger brother of Jarkko Ruutu, a former ice hockey player, as well as Ottawa Senators European scout Mikko Ruutu.

Playing career

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Ruutu as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ruutu started out playing for HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 1999–2000 season, and moved to Jokerit for the next two seasons. In 2002, he returned to HIFK for one more season. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, as their first-round pick, ninth overall. He then moved to North America in 2003, playing a full 82 games with the Blackhawks in the 2003–04 season.

Ruutu did not play during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, opting to take the time to recover from injuries, but provided commentary on Finnish television during the 2005 IIHF World Championship, along with fellow Finnish NHLer Ville Nieminen. Ruutu returned to the NHL after the lockout but his 2005–06 season was cut short, first by a back injury that kept him out of the game for most of the fall, then by an ankle injury sustained in January that required season-ending surgery.

After an unimpressive showing at the 2006 IIHF World Championship, Ruutu contemplated retirement from playing professionally. However, this notion was put to rest when Ruutu signed a two-year, $3.75 million contract extension with Chicago on 13 September.

During the 2007–08 season, on 26 February 2008, at the NHL trade deadline, the Blackhawks traded Ruutu to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Andrew Ladd. The Hurricanes promptly signed Ruutu to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million.

On 23 July 2009, the Hurricanes signed Ruutu to a three-year, $11.4 million contract extension, paying $3 million in 2009–10, $4 million in 2010–11 and $4.4 million in 2011–12.

On 22 February 2012, the Hurricanes signed Ruutu to a four-year contract extension worth $19 million. The deal paid Ruutu $4 million in 2012–13 and $5 million per year in the remaining years; it also included a no-trade clause for the first three years of the contract.

Just hours before the end of the NHL trade deadline on 5 March 2014, Ruutu was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for centre Andrei Loktionov.

In the 2015–16 season, Ruutu could not stay healthy and tallied one assist in the final game of the season. Ruutu was not re-signed by the Devils once his contract expired, becoming an unrestricted free agent on 1 July 2016. After going through the summer unsigned, Ruutu agreed to a professional tryout with the Vancouver Canucks on 13 September.

On 11 October 2016, Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced Ruutu had been released from his PTO contract.

On 28 October 2016, Ruutu was signed by HC Davos for the remainder of the season as a replacement for the injured Daniel Rahimi. He made his NLA debut on 11 November 2016 and scored his first goal that same day in a 3–2 loss in Geneva against Genève-Servette HC.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
Bronze 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold 2011 Slovakia
Silver 2007 Russia
Bronze 2006 Latvia
Bronze 2008 Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Russia
Bronze 2002 Czech Republic
Bronze 2003 Canada
World U18 Championships
Gold 2000 Switzerland
World Cup
Silver 2004 Canada

Ruutu represented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and scored his first goal with the Finns in the final against Canada.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Ruutu won the bronze medal with Finland, and in 2011, he added a World Championship gold medal to his international resume. He has earned a medal in each of the 11 major international tournaments he has competed in.

Ruutu also played for Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as the Finns finished in third place, routing the United States 5–0 to claim bronze, with Ruutu recording an assist on Juuso Hietanen's goal.

Ruutu played for Finland again at the 2015 World Championships, where the Finns were eliminated at the quarterfinal against the Czech Republic, marking just the second time Ruutu did not win a medal from an international tournament he took part in, the other being the 2004 World Cup where there's nothing awarded to anyone other than the tournament winners.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–2000 HIFK FIN U18 5 0 3 3 12 3 1 2 3 2
1999–2000 HIFK FIN U20 35 11 16 27 32 3 0 1 1 4
1999–2000 HIFK SM-l 1 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Jokerit FIN U20 2 1 0 1 0
2000–01 Jokerit SM-l 47 11 11 22 94 5 0 0 0 4
2001–02 Jokerit SM-l 51 7 16 23 69 10 0 6 6 29
2002–03 HIFK SM-l 30 12 15 27 24
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 23 21 44 58
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 2 3 5 31
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 17 21 38 95
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 6 15 21 75
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 4 7 11 16
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 26 28 54 79 16 1 3 4 8
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 54 14 21 35 50
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 19 38 57 54
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 18 16 34 50
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 4 5 9 8
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 5 11 16 34
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 3 5 8 10
2014–15 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 7 6 13 28
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 0 1 1 8
2016–17 HC Davos NLA 26 5 7 12 22 6 0 1 1 2
SM-l totals 129 30 42 72 181 15 0 6 6 33
NHL totals 735 148 198 346 596 16 1 3 4 8

International

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland WJC18 7 6 2 8 0
2001 Finland WJC 7 1 3 4 4
2002 Finland WJC 7 4 1 5 10
2003 Finland WJC 7 2 8 10 6
2004 Finland WCH 6 1 2 3 4
2006 Finland WC 9 0 0 0 49
2007 Finland WC 8 3 3 6 20
2008 Finland WC 9 4 2 6 8
2010 Finland OG 6 1 0 1 2
2011 Finland WC 9 6 0 6 8
2014 Finland OG 6 1 4 5 2
2015 Finland WC 8 1 1 2 4
Junior totals 28 13 14 27 20
Senior totals 61 17 12 29 97

Coaching Career

Ruutu was hired as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers on June 29, 2021. Prior to his hiring with Florida, Ruutu had spent two years as Assistant Director of Player Development with the New York Rangers.

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