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John Gruden

John Gruden  #17

Defenseman
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: June 4, 1970
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Virginia, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: BOS / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 8th   (168th overall)
USHL Defenseman of the Year (1990) CCHA First All-Star Team (1994) NCAA West First All-American Team (1994) IHL Second All-Star Team (1998) AHL First All-Star Team (2002) Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, August 7, 1998. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury in training camp, October 1, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Eisbaren Berlin (Germany), May 3, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 18, 2003. Missed majority of 2003-04 due to concussion vs. Los Angeles, November 10, 2003.
Quote of the Day

I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final