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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

There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.

— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury
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