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Rutherford's son pens congratulatory letter for Hall of Fame induction

Penguins general manager honored in builder category in 2019

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

James Rutherford gave his dad an incredible gift for his Hall of Fame induction.

Jim Rutherford's 11-year-old son penned a heartfelt letter congratulating his dad and the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Tweet from @penguins: Dear Dad,I'm so proud of you. You have reached the pinnacle of your career. You are the best of the best. What you have done over the last 11 years has been amazing. Though, I've been told you also accomplished a few things before I was born...Love, James pic.twitter.com/DxC2w6ydBB

Jim Rutherford was selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 in the builder category for 35 years as a hockey executive. He has won the Stanley Cup as a general manager three times, twice with the Penguins and once with the Carolina Hurricanes. 

James highlighted many of his dad's best memories in a video, especially the ones that they celebrated together.

"I'm so proud to call you a Hall of Famer," James said in a video posted to the Penguins Twitter account. "But I'm even prouder to call you dad."

The GM and his son shared a special moment at the Hall of Fame reception after the video aired. Jim also made sure to shout out his son during his speech Monday.

Tweet from @penguins: The moment after this video ran at the reception to honor Jim Rutherford. Aww. 🥰 pic.twitter.com/Svo3weCBXI

"James, thank you for all those trades you recommended me making," Rutherford said, "and if we could actually make those trades, you'll probably end up standing here someday."

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