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Tuomo Ruutu
Tuomo Ruutu
Left Wing
(ROO-Too)
Number: 15
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 16, 1983  (Age 31)
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland
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Drafted: CHI / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (9th overall)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS(current through 2006-07 season)

High Goal Game: 2 (4x), last on March 30, 2004 at NSH
High Assist Game: 2 (7x), last on Jan. 28, 2007 vs. CGY
High Point Game:
3 (3x), last on March 11, 2004 at NJ
First NHL Game:
Oct. 8, 2003 vs. MIN
First NHL Goal/Point:
Oct. 19, 2003 vs. NSH (Mason)
First NHL Assist:
Nov. 12, 2003 vs. CGY

CAREER

2006-07: Appeared in 71 games, recording 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) … Suffered a sprained knee in a pre-season game at Columbus on Sept. 22 and missed the first 10 games of the season … Returned to the lineup on Oct. 30 at Philadelphia to lead the team with 4 hits … Led the team with 156 hits … Played his 100th career game and scored the Blackhawks' lone goal against New Jersey on Nov. 9 … Recorded the tying goal in regulation and the game winning goal, in the shootout, for a 4-3 win at Anaheim on Nov. 17 … Scored the game winning goal in a 2-1 win over Dallas on Nov. 29 … Collected a goal and was plus-3 in a 4-1 win against Edmonton on Dec. 10.

2005-06: Appeared in only 15 games due to back and ankle injuries recording five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and 31 penalty minutes … Missed 30 games with a sore back and 37 games with a partially severed ankle tendon, suffered on Jan. 8 vs. Nashville … Scored his first goal of the season, a power play tally, in 6-3 win over San Jose Oct. 7 … Had an assist and the winning shootout goal in a 3-2 win at Colorado Oct. 14 … Recorded a season-high two points against Vancouver Jan. 5 … Played for Finland in the 2006 World Championships, compiling a tournament-leading 49 penalty minutes in 9 games played.

2003-04: Led the team in goals with 23…Tied Kyle Calder for the team lead in power play goals with 10…Led the team in game winning goals with 3…Among NHL rookies, he ranked 3rd in goals (23), T-5th in assists (21), 3rd in points (44), T-1st in power play goals (10), T-2nd in power play points (17), T-8th in game winning goals (3), 3rd in shots (174), and 3rd in shooting percentage (13.2%)…Was named NHL "Rookie of the Month" for March with 8-8-16 in 15 games…His 16 points in the month of March was the most points in a month by any rookie in the NHL last season…Played his first NHL game on Oct.8th vs. Minnesota…Scored his first NHL goal/point on Oct.19th vs. Nashville…Recorded his first NHL assist on Nov.12th vs. Calgary…Scored 21 goals and added 18 assists for 39 points in the final 46 games of the season…Was one of four Blackhawks to play in all 82 games (Arnason, Bell, and Moen were the others)…Represented the Blackhawks and the Western Conference in the Young Stars Game during All-Star Weekend…Recorded the first 2-goal game of his career on Jan.30th in a 5-3 win at Calgary…His high point game was three set on three occasions, Feb.19th vs. San Jose (1-2-3), Feb.25th at Columbus (2-1-3), and March 11th at New Jersey (1-2-3)...Scored the game-winner in overtime on Feb.14th in a 2-1 win over Boston.

2002-03: Tuomo skated in 30 games for HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga) recording 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points and 24 penalty minutes… Served as Captain of Team Finland at the 2003 Under-20 World Junior Championships en route to winning a Bronze Medal and leading the tournament in scoring and ranking second in assists… Suffered a season-ending knee injury in mid January… Selected as The Hockey News number four rated NHL-affiliated prospect in the world in 2003 by panel of NHL executives in the publications 15th Annual Future Watch issue despite suffering a season ending injury in January… Named by The Hockey News as top player in the World not playing in the NHL during the 2002-03 season in the publication's September 9, 2003 edition.

2001-02: Posted 23 points (7g, 16a) in 51 games in his second season with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League (Sm-Liiga)… Served as Assistant Captain with Jokerit… A member of Finland's Bronze Medal winning team at the 2002 Under-20 Would Junior Championships while serving as a Assistant Captain… Appeared in 10 playoff games recording six assists and 29 penalty minutes for Jokerit en route to capturing the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga) Championship… Selected as The Hockey News Number 1 NHL-affiliated prospect in the world in 2002 by panel of NHL executives in the publication's 14th Annual Future Watch edition.

2000-01: Was the youngest player in the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga) playing for Jokerit recording 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 47 games… Also appeared in two games for HIFK's Under 20 team in the Finnish Junior League recording one goal… Skated for Finland at the 2001 Under-20 World Junior Championship winning a Silver Medal… Appeared in five playoff games recording four penalty minutes with Jokerit before suffering a knee injury in the first round of the playoffs that ended his season.

1999-00: Spent the majority of the season with HIFK Helsinki's Under-20 team of the Finnish Junior League recording 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points and 32 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games… Also appeared in three playoff games with HIFK's Under-20 squad recording one assist and four penalty minutes… Appeared in one game with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga) recording two penalty minutes… Made his international debut winning a Gold Medal at the the 2000 Under-18 World Junior Championships while serving as a Assistant Captain.

International: Has represented Finland at four World Junior Championships capturing one Gold Medal, one Silver Medal and two Bronze Medals… Served as a Assistant Captain while leading Finland to a Gold Medal at the 2000 Under-18 World Junior Championships in Kloten, Switzerland ranking 1st on his team points and goals while in finishing the tournament tied for 2nd in goals and tied for 4th in points… Captured a Silver Medal as a member of Finland's 2001 Under-20 World Junior Championship squad in Moscow, Russia… Served as a Assistant Captain en route to winning a Bronze Medal with Team Finland at the 2002 Under-20 World Junior Championships in Pardudice, Czech Republic while tying for 6th in the tournament in goals and 25th in points… Served as the Captain of Team Finland at the 2003 Under-20 World Junior Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he lead the tournament in scoring and ranked 2nd in assists en route to winning a Bronze Medal.