Rangers Acquire Center Steve Rucchin from Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim
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Blueshirts Send Trevor Gillies and a 2007 Conditional Draft Pick to the Mighty Ducks
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired center Steve Rucchin from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for left wing Trevor Gillies and a conditional pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
"Steve is a player who adds leadership, experience and size at the center ice position," stated Sather. "He has demonstrated over his career to be a versatile player who plays a solid, two-way game. His competitive nature will have a positive impact on our young players."
Rucchin, 34, skated in 616 career NHL contests for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, registering 153 goals and 279 assists for 432 points, along with 140 penalty minutes. The ten-year veteran ranks among the Anaheim's leaders in every statistical category, including: games played (first, 616); goals (third, 153); assists (first, 279); points (third, 423); plus-minus (fourth, plus-29); power play goals (third, 58); power play assists (third, 84); power play points (third, 142); shorthanded goals (tied for second, six); shorthanded assists (first, nine); shorthanded points (second, 15); and game-winning goals (third, 23). He also appeared in 33 post-season contests for Mighty Ducks, recording eight goals and eight assists for 16 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. Rucchin registered seven goals and three assists for 10 points in 21 playoffs games in 2003, helping lead the Mighty Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 6-3, 218-pound forward served as the Mighty Ducks captain in 2003-04 and was one of only three players to appear in all 82 regular season contests. He recorded 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points, ranking third on the club in goals (20) and fourth in assists (23) and points (43). In addition, Rucchin tied for the team lead with nine power play goals. He has played in 185 consecutive regular season games for Anaheim, which ranked as the club's longest active streak and third longest ever in franchise history.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Rucchin played for the University of Western Ontario of the Ontario University Athletic Association (OUAA). He was named an Ontario University Athletic Association (OUAA) All-Star in three of his four seasons at Western Ontario University (1991-92 through 1993-94). Rucchin was also named as the OUAA Player of the Year and a First-Team All-Canadian Selection for his senior season of 1993-94. In addition, he was named a finalist for the Outstanding Hockey Player in the CIAU for the 1993-94 season.
A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Rucchin was originally drafted by Anaheim in the first round, second overall, of the 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft.
Gillies, 26, skated in 49 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, collecting two assists and a team-leading 277 penalty minutes.