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| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
212 lb (96 kg)
| NHL Team|
| Carolina Hurricanes|
|Born|| February 16 1983,|
|NHL Draft|| 9th overall, 2001|
|Pro Career||1999 – present|
Ruutu started out playing for HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 1999-00 season, and moved to Jokerit for the next two seasons. In 2002 he returned to HIFK for one more season. Ruutu was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, as their first-round pick, #9 overall. Chicago was ecstatic to get Ruutu as he was considered the best player in the world not in the Nhl. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2003, playing a full 82 games with the Blackhawks in the 2003–04 NHL season.
He didn't play during the NHL lockout, as he was recovering from injuries, but provided commentary on Finnish television during the ice hockey world championships, along with fellow NHL player Ville Nieminen. Ruutu returned to the NHL after the lockout, but his 2005–06 NHL season was cut short, first by a back injury that kept him out of the game for most of the fall, and in January an ankle injury requiring surgery ended his season.
After an unimpressive showing at the 2006 World Championships Ruutu said he might retire, though that was put to rest when Ruutu signed a two year, $3.75 million contract on September 13.
Ruutu inked a one-year deal worth $2.25m with the Hurricanes on June 24, 2008.
On July 23, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Ruutu to a three-year contract worth $11.4 million ($3 million in 2009-10, $4 million in 2010-11, $4.4 million in 2011-12).
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's Ice hockey|
|World Championship Totals||26||7||5||12||77|
- Tuomo Ruutu's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Tuomo Ruutu's NHL player profile
- Official website
- Tuomo Ruutu on nhlfinns.com
|Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick|
| Succeeded by|
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