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Jim Rutherford
Born February 17, 1949 (1949-02-17) (age 73)
Beeton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1969
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1969–1983

Jim Rutherford (born James Rutherford on February 17, 1949) is a Canadian former NHL goaltender and current general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing Career[]

Early Playing Career[]

Before making it to the NHL, Jim played for the Aurora Tigers in the OHA-Jr. (from 1966 to 1967) and the Hamilton Red Wings (from 1968 to 1969)

He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round (10th overall) in the 1969 NHL Entry Draft. After that, he played for the Fort Worth Wings in the CHL until 1970.

During his time in the NHL, Jim played for the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings.

He was also one of the pioneers of the popular trend of hockey goalies decorating his mask in 1976.

Initially, a friend painted a pair of red wings at the temples of Jim's mask without his permission because he didn't have time to get another fitted mask before game time, he reluctantly wore the decorated mask on the ice.

Post-Playing Career[]

After retiring from the NHL in 1983, Jim became the general manager, president and head coach for the Winsdor Compuware Spitfires of the OHL until 1992.

From 1992 to 1994, he was the president and general manager of the Detroit Jr. Red Wings of the OHL.

After that, Jim was the president, general manager and part-owner of the Carolina Hurricanes (which was originally known as the Hartford Whalers) from 1994 to 1997.

As a general manager, Jim has won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016.