Tough, rugged defenseman who earned three monograms in three seasons at Notre Dame ... recognized as one of the top shutdown defenders in the nation during his collegiate career ... was chosen in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals ... had his rights traded at the 2008 NHL trading deadline to the Columbus Blue Jackets for future Hall of Famer Sergei Federov ... signed with the Blue Jackets following the 2009-10 college season ... battled injuries in his junior year and played in just 22 games ... had no goals and five assists in those games ... played in 100 career games for the Irish with four goals and 13 assists for 17 points.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 22 of the team's 38 games on the season ... scored no goals with five assists for five points ... had 15 penalties for 52 min- utes while recording 31 blocked shots ... started the season on the sidelines after suffering a lower body injury at the first official practice of the season ... returned to the lineup on November 14 versus Northern Michigan ... picked up first point of the sea- son in 2-2 tie with the Wildcats (Nov. 15) ... played in each of the next 12 games before being injured in the second game of the Ferris State series (Jan. 10) ... missed six games before get- ting back in action at Western Michigan on Feb. 5 ... recorded an assist in 7-2 loss to the Broncos on Feb. 6 ... assisted on lone Irish goal in 1-1 tie at Bowling Green (Feb. 20) ... assisted on a pair of goals to equal a career high for points in a game in 5-3 victory versus Michigan on Feb. 27 ... held scoreless in two postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 36 of the team's 40 games, missing two games with an injury and two while playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships ... scored a pair of goals with five assists for seven points ... had 17 penalties for 42 min- utes ... tied for fifth on the team with a +11 ... missed the first two games of the season with an injury ... picked up his first point of the season, scoring a goal in a 5-2 win over Lake Superior State (Nov. 15) ... sec- ond goal of the season came in 3-1 win at Bowling Green (Dec. 12) ... along with teammate Ian Cole was a member of the U.S. Junior National team that fin- ished fifth at the World Junior Championships in Ottawa, Ont. ... played in all six games with no points and 25 minutes in penalties ... recorded five assists over 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 five points ... had 14 penalties for 36 minutes ... was sec- ond on the squad with a +13 rating ... Notre Dame's rookie of the year in `07-'08 ... went scoreless for his first 17 games, but got his first goal and assist in a two-point night against Nebraska-Omaha in a 5-0 shutout on Dec. 1 ... missed five games with an injury from Dec. 8 to Jan. 5 ... picked up second assist of the season in 5-3 loss to Ferris State (Feb. 8) ... had final assist of the season in game three of CCHA second round when he helped set up Dan Kissel's goal that made it 1-0 in a 2-1 win for Notre Dame ... final goal of the season came versus Michigan State in the NCAA West Regional when he hammered a shot from the right point past Jeff Lerg with under five minutes left to insure the 3-1 win that sent the Irish to the Frozen Four ... in nine postseason games, had one goal and one assist for two points.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Selected to the 2009 U.S. Junior National Team that participated in the World Junior Championships in Ottawa, Ont. ... played in all six games with no points and 25 minutes in penalties as Team USA finished fifth overall ... participated in two U.S. Junior National Evaluation Camps (2007 and 2008) ... played two seasons for the U.S. NationalTeam Developmental Program ... in 2006-07, served as an alternate captain ... played in 39 games with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points ... three of his five goals came on the power play and one was a game winner ... recorded 64 minutes in penalties ... as a member of the U.S. Under-17 team in 2005-06, had three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 66 games ... was selected as the most outstanding defenseman at the Under-17 Four Nations Tournament ... advanced to the U.S. program after playing for the Chicago Mission Midget major pro- gram and Team Illinois.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... played midget hockey in the Chicago area for the Chicago Mission Midget major program and Team Illinois ... full name is Theodore John Ruth ... son of Richard and Barbara Ruth ... has two brothers ... born February, 14, 1989 in St. Charles, Mo. ... finance major in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.
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