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Michael Rupp
Michael Rupp
Center
Number: 17
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 235
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 13, 1980
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH, United States
Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio
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Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009.
Drafted: NJD / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (76th overall)
2009-10:  More than doubled his previous career high with 13 goals (6, 2006-07 and 2003-04) ... Also established a career high with 19 points (11, 2003-04) and 81 games played during his first season as a Penguin ... Established a new career high and ranked second on the team with 198 hits ... Broke 100 hits for fourth straight season ... Led club with 120 penalty minutes ... Notched his first career hat trick on Nov. 30 at NY Rangers ... Appeared in his 400th NHL contest March 6 vs. Dallas.

2010 PLAYOFFS:  Appeared in 11 games and totaled eight penalty minutes ... Physical forward leveled 32 hits, tied for fourth most.

NHL CAREER:  Rugged veteran forward has played in 416 career NHL games with New Jersey, Phoenix, Columbus and Pittsburgh, posting 72 points (40+32) and 532 penalty minutes ... Won Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003 as a rookie ... Cup hero scored a goal and added two assists for three points in Cup-clinching 3-0 Game 7 victory against Anaheim (and then-Ducks player Dan Bylsma) ... Has compiled six points (1+5) and 31 penalty minutes in 36 career postseason contests ... Drafted by NY Islanders in first round (ninth overall) of 1998 NHL Entry Draft ... Re-entered draft after not signing with NY Islanders and was selected by New Jersey (76th overall) in 2000 ... Made pro debut with New Jersey on Jan. 13, 2003 vs. Florida on 23rd birthday, scoring two goals in the contest.

JUNIOR:  Played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Windsor and Erie, collecting 127 points (70+57) and 353 penalty minutes in 185 games ... Started OHL career in 1997-98 with Windsor, totaling 17 points (9+8) and 60 penalty minutes in 38 games with Spitfires ... Finished OHL career with Erie ... Played 147 games and totaled 110 points (61+49) and 293 penalty minutes in Erie.

PERSONAL:  Enjoys summers in Saegertown, PA ... Lists Napolean Dynamite as his favorite movie and Big Brother as his favorite TV show ... Enjoys listening to the music of Audio Adrenaline and Hawk Nelson ... Lists trap shooting and spending time with his kids as his hobbies ... Visited Cleveland Browns’ training camp and held a fund-raiser for the Jennifer Ferraro Foundation during his day with the Stanley Cup in 2003 ... First job was at a local grocery store ... Married to Christie ... The Rupps have one daughter, Madeline, and one son, Mason ... Signed through 2010-11.
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