#5 Teddy Ruth
Tough, rugged defenseman who earned threemonograms in three seasons at Notre Dame … recognized as one of the top shutdown defenders in thenation during his collegiate career … was chosen inthe second round, 46th overall, in the 2007 NHL EntryDraft by the Washington Capitals … had his rightstraded at the 2008 NHL trading deadline to theColumbus Blue Jackets for future Hall of Famer SergeiFederov … signed with the Blue Jackets following the2009-10 college season … battled injuries in his junioryear and played in just 22 games … had no goals andfive assists in those games … played in 100 careergames for the Irish with four goals and 13 assists for17 points.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 22 of the team[apos]s 38games on the season … scored no goals with fiveassists for five points … had 15 penalties for 52 min-utes while recording 31 blocked shots … started theseason on the sidelines after suffering a lower bodyinjury at the first official practice of the season …returned to the lineup on November 14 versusNorthern Michigan … picked up first point of the sea-son in 2-2 tie with the Wildcats (Nov. 15) … played ineach of the next 12 games before being injured in thesecond game of the Ferris State series (Jan. 10) …missed six games before get-ting back in action at WesternMichigan on Feb. 5 …recorded an assist in 7-2 lossto the Broncos on Feb. 6 …assisted on lone Irish goal in1-1 tie at Bowling Green (Feb.20) … assisted on a pair ofgoals to equal a career highfor points in a game in 5-3victory versus Michigan onFeb. 27 … held scoreless intwo postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 36 of the team[apos]s 40games, missing two gameswith an injury and two whileplaying for Team USA in theWorld Junior Championships… scored a pair of goals withfive assists for seven points …had 17 penalties for 42 min-utes … tied for fifth on the team with a +11 … missedthe first two games of the season with an injury …picked up his first point of the season, scoring a goalin a 5-2 win over Lake Superior State (Nov. 15) … sec-ond goal of the season came in 3-1 win at BowlingGreen (Dec. 12) … along with teammate Ian Cole wasa member of the U.S. Junior National team that fin-ished fifth at the World Junior Championships inOttawa, Ont. … played in all six games with no pointsand 25 minutes in penalties … recorded five assistsover the remainder of the season, including a two-assist night at Northern Michigan on Feb. 13 … was+4 in the postseason, while not scoring any points.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 42 games in 2007-08, scoring a pair of goals with three assists for fivepoints … had 14 penalties for 36 minutes … was sec-ond on the squad with a +13 rating … Notre Dame[apos]srookie of the year in `07-[apos]08 … went scoreless for hisfirst 17 games, but got his first goal and assist in atwo-point night against Nebraska-Omaha in a 5-0shutout on Dec. 1 … missed five games with an injuryfrom Dec. 8 to Jan. 5 … picked up second assist of theseason in 5-3 loss to Ferris State (Feb. 8) … had finalassist of the season in game three of CCHA secondround when he helped set up Dan Kissel[apos]s goal thatmade it 1-0 in a 2-1 win for Notre Dame … final goalof the season came versus Michigan State in theNCAA West Regional when he hammered a shotfrom the right point past Jeff Lerg with under fiveminutes left to insure the 3-1 win that sent the Irish tothe Frozen Four … in nine postseason games, had onegoal and one assist for two points.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Selected to the 2009 U.S.Junior National Team that participated in the WorldJunior Championships in Ottawa, Ont. … played in allsix games with no points and 25 minutes in penaltiesas Team USA finished fifth overall … participated intwo U.S. Junior National Evaluation Camps (2007 and2008) … played two seasons for the U.S. NationalTeam Developmental Program … in 2006-07, servedas an alternate captain … played in 39 games with fivegoals and 11 assists for 16 points … three of his fivegoals came on the power play and one was a gamewinner … recorded 64 minutes in penalties … as amember of the U.S. Under-17 team in 2005-06, hadthree goals and eight assists for 11 points in 66games … was selected as the most outstandingdefenseman at the Under-17 Four NationsTournament … advanced to the U.S. program afterplaying for the Chicago Mission Midget major pro-gram and Team Illinois.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Huron HighSchool in Ann Arbor, Mich. … played midget hockeyin the Chicago area for the Chicago Mission Midgetmajor program and Team Illinois … full name isTheodore John Ruth … son of Richard and BarbaraRuth … has two brothers … born February, 14, 1989 inSt. Charles, Mo. … finance major in the MendozaCollege of Business at Notre Dame.
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