Steve Andrew Rucchin ( born July 4, 1971 in Thunder Bay, Ontario ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player of Italian descent, who played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers in the National Hockey League. His brother Larry was active for the Düsseldorf EC and Berlin Capitals in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
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Steve Rucchin played in his youth at the Frederick Banting Broncos, the ice hockey team of Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School in London, Ontario. With started studying biology in 1990 from the University of Western Ontario, he went for the ice hockey team in the OUAA on the ice. When NHL Supplemental Draft 1994 Rucchin was selected in the first round to second position overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
The 1994/95 season, which began due to a strike and later he competed in the International Hockey League with the San Diego Gulls, but quickly found his place in the NHL. Until 2004 he remained a mainstay of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, where he occasionally played as a center in a row with Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne and in the 1996/97 season came to 67 points scorer. From 2003 he was also captain of the Ducks. He had the most matches played at his change of Anaheim and was behind Kariya in all eternal Scorer ratings the Ducks in second place. During the canceled 2004/05 season he paused with the professional hockey and did not take as many other players an offer of a team from Europe or a Minor League game.
In August 2005 Rucchin was in a barter for Trevor Gillies and delivered a fourth -round choice right in the NHL Entry Draft in 2007 to the New York Rangers. However, he left the team after a year as a free agent and signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on. In the season 2006/ 07 the attacker missed the last 25 games of the regular season due to a head injury. However, the following season, he completed no further play for the Thrashers, as set him a concussion and its after-effects for the entire season out of action. These injuries forced Rucchin finally to end his career.
Rucchin was considered a solid two-way center, whose strengths included his good - Bully skills as well as his lower numbers game. As a leading player of the attackers also had an above-average passing game qualities. As a weakness its not completely distinct qualities scorer, as well as injuries were in the late autumn of his career.
Rucchin took with Team Canada participated in the 1998 World Cup and finished with the team to sixth place. In six games, the attacker scored three points for his country.
Represented Canada at:
- World Cup 1998
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )