Christian Ruuttu

Christian Ruuttu (born 20 February 1964) is an ice hockey scout and a former professional player.

Christian Ruuttu
Born (1964-02-20) 20 February 1964 (age 56)
Lappeenranta, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Ässät
HIFK
Buffalo Sabres
Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver Canucks
Frölunda HC
Grasshopper
Espoo Blues
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 134th overall, 1983
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1982–1999

Ruuttu is the father of Alexander Ruuttu, who was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes. His father Kalevi Ruuttu is a former Bandy World Championship referee.

Playing careerEdit

Christian Ruuttu grew up in Pori, where he attended the Swedish-speaking Björneborgs svenska samskola comprehensive school[1] while playing for the Ässät Finnish Elite League club. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, 7th round, 134th overall. He played six seasons in Buffalo from 1986–87 through 1991–92, attaining career highs in goals (26 in 1987–88), assists (46 in 1988–89), and points (71 in 1987–88). In Ruuttu's last season in Buffalo, his totals dropped to 4 goals and 21 assists.

Ruuttu began the 1992–93 season playing for the Chicago Blackhawks after being traded for goaltender Stephane Beauregard. He played there for the next two and one-half seasons before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks midway through the 1994–95 season.

After his career as a player, Ruuttu served as General Manager of the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Pro League and was a Board Member of the Finnish Elite League. He joined the Phoenix Coyotes organization as the Director of European Scouting. He is currently the Director of European Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Ässät FIN Jr 4 1 1 2 2
1981–82 Belmont Hill School HS-Prep
1982–83 Ässät FIN Jr 5 2 6 8 12
1982–83 Ässät SM-l 36 15 18 33 34
1983–84 Ässät FIN Jr 2 0 2 2 12
1983–84 Ässät SM-l 37 18 42 60 72 9 2 5 7 12
1984–85 Ässät FIN Jr 1 3 0 3 0
1984–85 Ässät SM-l 32 14 32 46 34 8 1 6 7 8
1985–86 HIFK SM-l 36 16 38 54 47 10 3 6 9 8
1986–87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 22 43 65 62
1987–88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 26 45 71 85 6 2 5 7 4
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 14 46 60 98 2 0 0 0 2
1989–90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 19 41 60 66 6 0 0 0 4
1990–91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 16 34 50 96 6 1 3 4 29
1991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 4 21 25 76 3 0 0 0 6
1992–93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 84 17 37 54 134 4 0 0 0 2
1993–94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 9 20 29 68 6 0 0 0 2
1994–95 HIFK SM-l 20 4 8 12 24
1994–95 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 20 2 5 7 6
1994–95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 25 5 6 11 23 9 1 1 2 0
1995–96 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 32 13 25 38 98 12 4 7 11 34
1996–97 Grasshopper Club Zürich NDB 42 31 40 71 72 11 5 9 14 6
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 44 11 28 39 24 9 3 3 6 8
1998–99 Blues SM-l 45 14 22 36 40 4 0 1 1 0
SM-l totals 250 92 188 280 275 40 9 21 30 36
NHL totals 621 134 298 432 714 42 4 9 13 49

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1983 Finland WJC 7 2 2 4 14
1984 Finland WJC 7 0 4 4 6
1985 Finland WC 6 1 1 2 16
1986 Finland WC 10 2 5 7 12
1987 Finland CC 5 2 1 3 10
1987 Finland WC 10 0 0 0 18
1990 Finland WC 9 5 3 8 4
1991 Finland CC 6 1 5 6 4
1991 Finland WC 10 7 3 10 10
1992 Finland WC 5 0 1 1 6
1994 Finland WC 4 2 2 4 4
1996 Finland WCH 4 1 0 1 2
1996 Finland WC 6 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 14 2 6 8 20
Senior totals 75 21 23 44 88

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

AwardsEdit

  • Finnish First All-Star Team (1986)
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988)

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Terho Koskela
Frölunda HC captains
1995–1996
Succeeded by
Henrik Nilsson