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#3 – JASON RUFF

Jason Ruff played his entire four year Western Hockey League career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 1987 until 1991.

Ruff appeared in 276 regular season games with the Hurricanes collecting 382 points (183g-199a) along with 504 penalty minutes. His best offensive season came in his final season in 1990-1991 when he racked up 136 points (61g-75a) and 154 penalty minutes in 66 games. Ruff added an additional 53 points (23g-30a) and 64 penalty minutes in 42 post-season games with the Hurricanes as he was a key member in helping the ‘Canes to back-to-back WHL Final appearances.

The Kelowna, BC product is the All-Time leader in Hurricanes history in points (382) and goals (183), he is second in All-Time assists (199), fourth in All-Time games played (276) and 12th in All-Time penalty minutes (504). Ruff was named the recipient of the Hurricanes Most Valuable Player award in 1990-1991.

Ruff was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round (96th overall) in the 1990 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He played in 14 NHL games with the Blues and the Tampa Bay Lightning where he registered six points (3g-3a) and 10 penalty minutes.

He played in 512 IHL games with the Peoria Rivermen, Atlanta Knights, Quebec Rafales, Cleveland Lumberjacks and the Houston Aeroes where he collected 512 points (236g-276a) and 973 penalty minutes.

Ruff went on to play professional hockey in Europe for seven seasons before retiring in 2007.

He currently resides in Lethbridge and is an Assistant Coach with the Lethbridge Hurricanes Minor Midget team while also serving as a scout for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.

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