Bryan Peter Rust (born May 11, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rust was born in Pontiac, Michigan, but grew up in Troy, Michigan. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017.
Rust with the Penguins in 2017
May 11, 1992|
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|NHL team||Pittsburgh Penguins|
80th overall, 2010|
Rust played his collegiate career from 2010 to 2014 at the University of Notre Dame where he played a total of 161 games totaling 97 points. Rust finished his senior year as an alternate captain. Rust won a Gold Medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships for Team USA and the 2013 CCHA Tournament for Notre Dame. Rust was selected 80th overall in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Rust made his AHL debut during the 2013–14 AHL season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Rust made his NHL debut on December 13, 2014 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets where the Penguins lost to the Blue Jackets in a shootout. He would score his first NHL goal two nights later against Evgeni Nabokov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, on December 15, 2014.
Rust would enjoy a breakout year in 2016, due to injuries in the Penguins organization. After recording 8 points in 33 games in the 2015–16 season, Rust signed a 2-year extension with Pittsburgh, along with fellow players Scott Wilson, and Tom Kühnhackl. On May 26, 2016, at the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, Rust became the 8th rookie in history to get multiple goals in a game 7.
On April 20, 2017, Rust scored two pivotal goals, including the game-winner, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round meeting between the Penguins and the Blue Jackets. The Penguins ultimately won the game 5–2, and the series 4–1. He later went on to score the game (and series) winning goal in Game 7 of the Penguins next playoff series against the Washington Capitals. He has since been dubbed by Penguins fans as "Mr. Elimination" after scoring goals in game sevens.
As a pending free agent after the 2017–18 season, Rust recorded career highs in assists and points. He helped propel the Penguins to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, where they would lose in the second round to the Washington Capitals. On June 26, 2018, Rust signed a four-year contract to stay with the Penguins. The contract carries an annual average value of $3.5 million.
Rust is the younger brother of retired AHL player Matt Rust who also played for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins during the 2011–12 AHL season. Rust, also known as Rusty, has a mild speech impediment, but through his life he has learned to not let this affect his confidence. Rust graduated Notre Dame May 2014 with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2008–09||U.S. National Development Team||NAHL||42||6||9||15||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||27||10||13||23||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||40||6||13||19||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||40||5||6||11||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||41||15||19||34||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||University of Notre Dame||H-East||40||17||16||33||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing United States|
|World Junior U18 Championships|
Awards and honorsEdit
|CCHA Tournament Champion||2013|
|Stanley Cup Champion||2016, 2017|||
|Prince of Wales Trophy Champion||2016, 2017|||
|Pittsburgh Penguins Team Awards|
|Michel Brière Rookie of the Year Award||2016|
- "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
- "3 Impressions: Blue Jackets 4, Pens 3 (SO)". Pittsburgh Penguins. December 13, 2014.
- Crechiolo, Michael (December 15, 2014). "3 Impressions: Pens 4, Bolts 2". Pittsburgh Penguins.
- "Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, Tom Kuhnhackl Each Sign Two-Year Contract Extensions". NHL.com. March 14, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- @FightingIrish (May 30, 2016). "DID YOU KNOW? Bryan Rust is the 8th rookie ever to score multiple goals in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Bryan Rust hat trick catches Senators sleeping". CBC. Canada. Associated Press. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- Kasan, Sam (May 10, 2017). "Mr. Elimination Upstages Mr. Game 7". NHL.com.
- Chiappelli, Kirstie (June 26, 2018). "Penguins re-sign Bryan Rust to 4-year deal worth $14M". sportingnews.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "Penguins re-sign winger Bryan Rust to four-year contract". sportsnet.ca. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- Prewitt, Alex (May 28, 2016). "Game 7 hero Bryan Rust paving his own way with his brother's support". si.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Eliteprospects.com – Matt Rust". Elite Prospects.
- "Despite speech impediment Penguins Bryan Rust isn't short on confidence". Post-Gazette. 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
- "21: Bryan Rust". Notre Dame Ice Hockey. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- "Penguins win Stanley Cup, defeat Sharks in Game 6". National Hockey League. 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
- "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
- Crosby, Wes (May 27, 2016). "Penguins defeat Lightning, Stamkos in Game 7". NHL.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
- Crosby, Wes (May 26, 2017). "Penguins defeat Senators in 2OT of Game 7, return to Cup Final". NHL.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.