|6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
230 lb (105 kg)
|New York Rangers|
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Born||January 13, 1980,|
Cleveland, OH, USA
|NHL Draft||9th overall, 1998|
New York Islanders
|Pro Career||2000 – present|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Rupp played high school hockey at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. He was originally drafted in the first round, 9th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Unsigned, and still playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Erie Otters, he returned to the draft and was selected 76th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
Mike played his first professional season in 2000–01 with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL), an affiliate of the Devils. Rupp made his NHL debut in the 2002–03 season with the Devils where he helped them win the Stanley Cup, scoring the Cup-clinching goal. Rupp is only player in Stanley Cup history to have his first playoff goal be the Stanley Cup winning goal.
The following season in 2003–04, Rupp was traded by the Devils with a second round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for Jan Hrdina on March 5, 2004. After the NHL lockout Rupp was traded by the Coyotes along with Jason Chimera and Cale Hulse to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman on October 8, 2005. Columbus declined to submit Rupp (a restricted free agent) a qualifying offer in June 2006.
On July 9, 2006, Rupp signed a one-year, $450,000 contract to return to the New Jersey Devils. After a successful season establishing himself as a gritty hardworking player Rupp re-signed with the Devils on June 28, 2007, to a two-year contract.
On July 1, 2009, Rupp signed a two-year, $1.65 million dollar contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. While scoring his first career hat-trick on November 30, 2009 against the New York Rangers, Rupp scored his six, seventh, and eighth goals for a new career high just 28 games into the 2009–10 season.
Awards and achievements[edit | edit source]
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|2000–01||Albany River Rats||AHL||71||10||10||20||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Albany River Rats||AHL||78||13||17||30||90||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Albany River Rats||AHL||47||8||11||19||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||New Jersey Devils||NHL||26||5||3||8||21||4||1||3||4||0|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||51||6||5||11||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||39||4||2||6||58||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||76||6||3||9||92||9||0||1||1||7|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||64||3||6||9||58||5||0||1||1||2|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||72||3||6||9||136||7||0||0||0||14|
Personal life[edit | edit source]
His childhood ice hockey teams included the Parma Heights Wings Municipal Hockey Club, where he started playing at age 9. He then attended and played for St. Edward High School a college prepatory in Lakewood, OH where in just two years playing for the school he won two state championships (1994,1995). Rupp is a self professed Born Again Christian who became devoted to his faith after meeting his future wife Christi while he was playing in the OHL for the Erie Otters. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Devils Mike came to Southpark Mall in Strongsville, Ohio and showed the Cup and signed autographs for his home state fans. He played golf weekly with Tiger Woods
Heart Problems[edit | edit source]
Michael Rupp was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome in 1998.
References[edit | edit source]
- Devils drink from Cup after 3-0 win. ESPN.com (2003-06-09). Retrieved on 2009-01-29.
- Phoenix acquires unlikely Cup hero. ESPN.com (2004-03-05). Retrieved on 2009-01-29.
- Jackets trade Sanderson, Jackman to Coyotes for Chimera, Hulse and Rupp. ESPN.com (2005-10-08). Retrieved on 2009-01-29.
- Devils sign Rupp. devils.nhl.com (2006-07-10). Retrieved on 2009-01-29.
- Rupp's Hat Trick Powers Pens Over Rangers. WPXI (2009-11-30). Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
- NHL Free Agent Tracker. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 1 July 2011.
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|New York Islanders first round draft pick
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