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Tuomo Ruutu
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Born February 16, 1983 (1983-02-16) (age 34)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Helsingin IFK
Jokerit
Chicago Blackhawks
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2001
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1999–present

Tuomo Ruutu (born Tuomo Iisakki Ruutu on February 16, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League.

Tuomo is the younger brother of Jarkko Ruutu (a former NHL player currently playing for Jokerit) and retired player Mikko Ruutu.

Playing CareerEdit

Tuomo started out playing for HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga in the 1999–00 season and he moved to Jokerit for the next two seasons.

In 2002, Tuomo returned to HIFK for one more season. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as their first-round pick, #9 overall. He crossed the Atlantic in 2003, playing a full 82 games with the Blackhawks in the 2003–04 NHL season.

Tuomo did not play during the NHL lockout because he was recovering from injuries, but he provided commentary on Finnish television during the ice hockey world championships along with fellow NHL player Ville Nieminen.

Tuomo 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.

Tuomo represented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and scored his first goal with Team Finland in the final against Canada.

After an unimpressive showing at the 2006 World Championships, Tuomo said that he might retire, but that was put to rest when he signed a two year, $3.75 million contract on September 13th.

During the 2007-08 season on February 26, 2008 (at the trade deadline), the Chicago Blackhawks traded Tuomo to the Carolina Hurricanes for Andrew Ladd. The Hurricanes promptly signed him to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million.

On July 23, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Tuomo 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).

On February 22, 2012, the Hurricanes signed Tuomo to a four-year contract extension worth $19 million. The deal will pay him $4 million in 2012-13 and $5 million per year in the remaining years and it includes a no-trade clause for the first three years of the contract.

Career StatisticsEdit

gerb Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 HIFK SM-l 1 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Jokerit SM-l 47 11 11 22 94 5 0 0 0 4
2001–02 Jokerit SM-l 51 7 16 23 69 10 0 6 6 29
2002–03 HIFK SM-l 30 12 15 27 24
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 23 21 44 58
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 2 3 5 31
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 71 17 21 38 95
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 6 15 21 75
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 4 7 11 16
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 26 28 54 79 16 1 3 4 8
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 54 14 21 35 50
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 19 38 57 54
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 18 16 34 50
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 4 5 9 8
NHL totals 532 129 170 299 508 16 1 3 4 8

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland WJC18 7 6 2 8 0
2001 Finland WJC 7 1 3 4 4
2002 Finland WJC 7 4 1 5 10
2003 Finland WJC 7 2 8 10 6
2004 Finland WCH 6 1 2 3 4
2006 Finland WC 9 0 0 0 49
2007 Finland WC 8 3 3 6 20
2008 Finland WC 9 4 2 6 8
2010 Finland 2010 6 1 0 1 2
2011 Finland WC 9 6 0 6 8
Junior int'l totals 28 13 14 27 20
Senior int'l totals 47 15 7 22 91

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Template:FIN
Olympic Games
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
World Cup
Silver 2004 Canada
World Championships
Gold 2011 Bratislava
Silver 2007 Moscow
Bronze 2006 Riga
Bronze 2008 Quebec City
World Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Moscow
Bronze 2002 Pardubice
Bronze 2003 Halifax
World U18 Championships
Bronze 2000 Kloten

In the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Tuomo won the Bronze medal with Team Finland. In 2011, he won a World Championship Gold medal.

Personal LifeEdit

Tuomo's second cousin Hanno Möttölä became the first Finnish basketball player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and another cousin Paul Ruutu plays bass in a Finnish pop rock band called Sunrise Avenue.

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