March 14, 2013, Ottawa, ON (ISN) – The Ottawa Senators have announced that they have signed Winterhawks free agent Troy Rutkowski to a three-year entry level contract. Rutkowski will remain with the Winterhawks for the duration of the 2012-13 season.
Rutkowski, the Winterhawks’ team captain, has a career-high 61 points this season, ranking him second among all WHL defensemen. This season he has become the franchise leader in games played (348) and consecutive games (237). He’s third all-time among Winterhawks defensemen with 211 career points, and tied for first all-time among Hawks blueliners with 61 career goals.
“Troy is a true WHL success story, joining the Winterhawks at 16 and ultimately becoming team captain,” said Winterhawks Acting Head Coach Travis Green. “He’s been a mainstay of this organization for five seasons and we’re excited he has this opportunity with the Ottawa Senators.”
Rutkowski was never selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, making the team as a listed player in 2008 as a 16-year-old. He was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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