Where Are They Now? – Martin Ručinský

With the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers selected Martin Ručinský, who would later play for the Montreal Canadiens. Ručinský would find his way to Montreal in 1995 and that is where he would play until November of 2001. In total, Ručinský played 432 games with the Canadiens in which he recorded 134 goals and 163 assists for 297 points (0.68 points per game). In his National Hockey League career, he tallied 612 points in 961 total games before heading over to Europe to round out his professional hockey career.


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Martin Ručinský
Position: Left Wing
Birthplace: Most, Czechoslovakia
Age: 44
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 207
Drafted: 20th Overall (1st Round) – Edmonton Oilers / 1991

The 1st-round pick of the Oilers’ career was short-lived in Edmonton as after recording 0 points in only 2 games during his rookie season, he was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques where he hit 48 points in his sophomore year. He played a little over three seasons with the exception of 13 games during the 1994-95 season spent in his home country, and his contract rights stayed with the franchise in June of 1995 when the team relocated to Colorado to become the Colorado Avalanche.

Ručinský would not be separated from the province of Quebec for too long, as before the calendar year ended he was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in a historic trade that would see Patrick Roy and Mike Keane depart for Colorado. 44.9% of Ručinský’s career was with the bleu, blanc et rouge as he hit the prime of his career. In 1995-96, after only recording 15 points in 22 games to kick off the season, he would end the season with over a point per game – 60 points in 56 games with Montreal, which was a career high. Four of the five most point-productive seasons for Ručinský was in Montreal.

In 2001, at the age of 30, Ručinský was traded for a third time in his career, this time down south to the Dallas Stars. Then less then four months later, he was dealt again to the New York Rangers in a trade that would see future-Hab Manny Malhotra head to Dallas. In 2002, he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues, and then signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2003 to make that his fourth team in three years. He was traded to Vancouver after only 69 games,  but a little over a year later in 2005 would sign with the Rangers once again for his third stint in New York City.

After a 55 point season, Ručinský signed with the St. Louis Blues for a second time where he played for two seasons until the end of his National Hockey League at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season.

Where is Martin Ručinský Now?

At the end of the 2007-08 season, Ručinský was only 37 and not ready to hang up the skates for good. So in time for the 2008-09 season, he went back home to the Czech Republic to play with HC Sparta Praha where he put up 33 points over a three year span. In 2011, he went back to HC Litvínov in the Czech Republic. The clubs system is where his entire career began, where he was drafted out of, and where he returned to during the NHL lockout in 2004-05.

Ručinský has played the last five seasons with the same club and is now at the age of 44. Despite being in his forty’s he recorded over a point per game with 54 points in 51 games during the 2014-15 season in Czech Republic. He has not represented his home country on the international stage since a Bronze Medal performance at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Although, he was invited to try-out for the Czech Republic national team for the 2015 IIHF World Championships despite being 43 at the time for a chance to play in front of his home crowd.

According to Martin Ručinský’s page on eliteprospects.com, his contract with HC Litvínov was only through until the end of 2014-15 and his future in professional hockey is yet to be confirmed.

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