Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Rucinski
Mike Rucinski was born March 30, 1975 in Trenton, Michigan. The ninth round, 217th overall selection of the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Rucinski is a graduate of the OHL's Detroit Jr. Red Wings/Whalers.

A stay-at-home defenceman, Rucinski played four seasons in the OHL helping the the Jr. Red Wings capture the 1995 OHL title and earn a birth in the Memorial Cup final only to fall short against a strong team from Kamloops. Rucinski made his professional debut in 1996-97 with the ECHL's Richmond Renegades, while playing a handful of games with the AHL's Springfield Falcons. After putting up strong numbers with Richmond (20G-23S-43PTS), Rucinski made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98 playing in nine games while splitting the remainder of the season with the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks and the AHL's New Haven Beast.

In 1998-99, the Trenton, MI native split his season with Carolina and New Haven before joining the IHL's Cincinnati Cyclones the following year. Rucinski returned to Cincinnati in 2000-01 and had his third stint with the Hurricanes later that year before splitting the 2002-03 season with the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters and Albany River Rats.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Detroit Little Caesars MNHL 29 4 15 19 38
1992-93 Detroit Jr. Red Wings OHL 66 6 13 19 59 15 0 4 4 12
1993-94 Detroit Jr. Red Wings OHL 66 2 26 28 58 17 0 7 7 15
1994-95 Detroit Jr. Red Wings OHL 64 9 18 27 61 21 3 3 6 8
1994-95 Detroit Jr. Red Wings M-Cup 5 1 0 1 2
1995-96 Detroit Jr. Whalers OHL 51 10 26 36 65 11 2 4 6 14
1996-97 Richmond Renegades ECHL 61 20 23 43 85 8 2 6 8 18
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 6 0 1 1 0
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 9 0 1 1 2 0
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 65 5 17 22 50 -6 1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 2 0 0 0 4 -1
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 15 0 1 1 8 +1
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 23 2 6 8 27 +3
1998-99 Florida Everblades ECHL 16 2 5 7 13
1998-99 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 16 6 10 16 4
1998-99 United States WC-Q 3 1 1 2 14
1999-00 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 66 3 10 13 34 -8 11 0 0 0 28
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 79 1 22 23 46 -1 5 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 63 5 11 16 33 +5
2001-02 Albany River Rats AHL 19 0 2 2 4 -10
NHL Totals 26 0 2 2 10


Rights transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to New Jersey by Carolina for Ted Drury, March 4, 2002.
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