• Rutkowski had a strong season on the blueline in Portland, recording 43 points (12-31--43) and a plus-13 rating helping the Winterhawks to 44-25-2-1 record in 2009-10 and a playoff spot for the first time since 2006. He led the team with a plus-six rating and added seven points (4-3--7) in 13 playoff games in 2010.
• He plays on a Portland team that features five draft-eligible players ranked in the top 90 North American skaters including: Ryan Johansen (No. 10 ranked), Nino Niederreiter (No. 12 ranked), Bradley Ross (No. 59 ranked) and California-born defenseman Taylor Aronson (No. 88 ranked).
• Rutkowski joins friends Mark Pysyk (No. 7 ranked) and Alexander Petrovic (No. 29 ranked) as Edmonton-area defensemen ranked in the top 45. He was roommates with Pysyk while playing for Team Pacific at the World Under-17 Challenge and Alexander Petrovic was a minor hockey opponent growing up.
• North Serra was his minor hockey association and his most memorable hockey achievement is a peewee provincial championship in which his team only lost three games all season.
NHL team: Washington Capitals NHL player: Mike Green Shootout move: “Fake shot, to backhand, to forehand” Goal celebration: “Touch the ice like Tyler Ennis” Video game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Movie: Taken TV show: Two and a Half Men Actress: Megan Fox Music group: Dj Tiesto Website: NHL.com, WHL.ca Book: Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury Pump-up song: “Element of Life” by DJ Tiesto Home-cooked meal: Steak, Ribs Activity away from the rink: Hanging out with the boys, Soccer, Golf
I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.
— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round