COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Theo Ruth from the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Sergei Fedorov, club General Manager Scott Howson announced February 26. Ruth was a second round pick, 46th overall, of the Capitals in the 2007 Entry Draft and is currently playing for the University of Notre Dame (Central Collegiate Hockey Association).
Ruth, 19, has tallied one goal and two assists for three points with 32 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating in 31 games as a freshman at Notre Dame. The Naperville, Illinois native spent the previous two seasons playing for the United States Development Program. He registered 5-12-17 and 66 penalty minutes in 48 games with the under-18 squad in 2006-07 and 10-11-21 and 22 penalty minutes in 64 games for the under-17 squad in 2005-06. Fedorov tallied 39-74-113 and 150 penalty minutes in 185 games with the Blue Jackets, including 9-19-28 and 30 penalty minutes in 50 games this season. He has registered 470-663-1,133 and 781 penalty minutes in 1,178 career games.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
THEO RUTH, DEFENSE
Height: 6-1; Weight: 199; Shoots: Right; Born: February 14, 1989 (Naperville, Illinois)
Year Team League GPTOIG A PTS +/- PIM
2005-06USNDP U-17 18n/a 2 3 5 n/a 22
USNDP NAHL 36n/a 1 2 3 n/a 33
2006-07USNDPU-18 39n/a 2 6 8 n/a 52
USNDPNAHL 9n/a 3 6 9 n/a 14
2007-08Notre DameCCHA31n/a1 2 3 13 32
CCHA Totals 31… 1 2 3 13 32
USNDP Totals 102… 8 17 25 … 121