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Born August 23, 1975 (1975-08-23) (age 34),
Vantaa, FIN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Ottawa Senators
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
SM-liiga
HIFK
Ntl. team  Finland
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1998
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1996 – present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Silver 2006 Turin
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Silver 2007 Russia
Bronze 2006 Latvia
Silver 2001 Germany
Silver 1998 Switzerland

Jarkko Ruutu (pronounced Yar-ko Roo-too; born August 23, 1975 in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the brother of Tuomo Ruutu, also currently playing in the NHL, and retired player Mikko Ruutu.

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Playing career

Ruutu initially moved to North America to play college hockey with Michigan Tech of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). After his first year, however, he returned to Finland and turned professional with HIFK of SM-liiga in 1996–97. In his draft year, he recorded 20 points in 37 games and was then drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round, 68th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played one more season with HIFK before moving back to North America to play for the Canucks' minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Ruutu played his first full season with the Canucks in 2001–02 and earned himself a reputation as one of the league's most effective "pests" or "agitators". During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Ruutu played once more for HIFK and set a SM-liiga record for penalty minutes in a single season with 215 (since broken by Matt Nickerson).[1]

He had his best NHL season to date statistically in the 2005–2006 season, scoring 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in 82 games, while amassing 142 penalty minutes with the Canucks. In the off-season, Ruutu became a free agent on July 1, 2006 and signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He recorded his first three-point game in NHL during his second season with the Penguins on March 27, 2008, against the New York Islanders.[2]

In July 2008, Ruutu signed with the Ottawa Senators to a 3-year, $3.9 million contract. On November 13, 2008, Ruutu was suspended for 2 games for elbowing Maxim Lapierre in the head two days earlier in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.[3]

In a game on January 6, 2009, Ruutu allegedly bit the gloved thumb of Buffalo Sabres' enforcer Andrew Peters during a first-period altercation, although he denied this in a post-game interview and claimed that Peters had actually gouged his eye and stuck his fingers into Ruutu's mouth. The next day, he was suspended for two games and fined $31,700 by the NHL for the incident.[4]

International play

Ruutu has appeared in six World Championships with Finland and has won silver medals in 1998, 2001 and 2007 and a bronze medal in 2006.

At the 2004 World Cup, Ruutu helped Finland to a second-place finish, losing the championship game to Team Canada.

Ruutu also won a silver medal with Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He gained notoriety during the tournament when he checked Czech winger Jaromir Jagr to the boards while Jagr was crouching.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 12 10 22 96
1996–97 HIFK SM-l 48 11 10 21 155
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 37 10 10 20 166 9 7 4 11 10
1998–99 HIFK SM-l 25 10 4 14 136 9 0 2 2 43
1999–00 Syracuse Crunch AHL 65 26 32 58 164 4 3 1 4 8
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 1 1 6
2000–01 Kansas City Blades IHL 46 11 18 29 111
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 21 3 3 6 32 4 0 1 1 8
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 2 7 9 74 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 2 2 4 66 13 0 2 2 14
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 6 8 14 133 6 1 0 1 41
2004–05 HIFK SM-l 50 10 18 28 215 3 0 0 0 41
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 10 7 17 142
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 7 9 16 125 5 0 0 0 10
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 6 10 16 138 20 2 1 3 26
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 7 14 21 144
NHL totals 497 43 61 104 860 49 3 4 7 68
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International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Finland WC 9 1 0 1 10
2004 Finland WC 6 0 0 0 20
2004 Finland WCH 4 0 0 0 6
2005 Finland WC 7 1 0 1 4
2006 Finland Oly 8 0 0 0 31
Int'l totals 34 2 0 2 71

Transactions

  • Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), September 23, 2004.
  • Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh Penguins, July 4, 2006.
  • Signed as a free agent by Ottawa Senators, July 2, 2008.

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