Ice hockey player
| 20 February 1964 (age 51)
Lappeenranta, FIN (1964-02-20) |
134th overall, 1983
Christian Ruuttu (born 20 February 1964 in Lappeenranta, Finland) is an ice hockey scout and a former professional player.
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.
Christian Ruuttu Wikipedia
Christian Ruuttu grew up in Pori, where he attended the Swedish-speaking Bjorneborgs svenska samskola comprehensive school while playing for the Assat 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 mid-way through the 1994–95 season. After playing 25 games as a Canuck, he was officially traded to the Winnipeg Jets. During this transition to the Winnipeg Jets he was allegedly involved in an altercation outside a Winnipeg hotel. Due to negative publicity he received, he subsequently retired from the NHL. Instead, he headed to Europe to play.
After playing career 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 and he is currently the Director of European Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings.Finnish First All-Star Team (1986)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988)