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James Rutherford

James Rutherford

Goalie
BIRTHDATE: February 17, 1949
HEIGHT: 5' 8" BIRTHPLACE: Beeton, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 168 DRAFTED: DET / 1969 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 1st   (10th overall)
OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1969) Claimed by Pittsburgh from Detroit in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971. Traded to Detroit by Pittsburgh with Jack Lynch for Ron Stackhouse, January 17, 1974. Traded to Toronto by Detroit for Mark Kirton, December 4, 1980. Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto for Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Barry Brigley) in 1981 Entry Draft, March 10, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 13, 1982.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery