Just turned up at the Bradley Center and heard word spreading that defenseman Theo “Teddy” Ruth has announced his retirement. A source of mine claims that this decision comes from the fact that he was not able to maintain his status among the AHL to stay tight and to the radar of the NHL.
If true, Ruth leaves the game of hockey at the age of twenty-four years old with three full-seasons of professional hockey under his belt. He played college hockey at the University of Notre Dame for three seasons where he would play with eventual Admirals such as Mark Van Guilder, Ryan Thang, and Ben Ryan.
His college numbers were 4 goals, 13 assists, and 130 PIM’s in those three-seasons as a golden domer. This lead to his selection by the Washington Capitals in the 2007 NHL Draft (2nd Round, fourty-sixth overall). His draft rights were then traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Sergei Fedorov. He played in three-seasons for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL and produced 2 goals, 14 assists, 85 PIM’s, and a plus/minus of -50.
He was brought into the fold with the Milwaukee Admirals this season – and actually started his campaign with Milwaukee before being sent down to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. He played six-games as a member of the Ads: no goals, no assists, no penalty minutes, and an even plus/minus. For the Cyclones he dressed in eighteen-games and scored 1 goal, 3 assists, and also had 8 PIM’s with a plus/minus of -2.
I’ve yet to see a full-confirmation of this announcement amidst all the World Juniors hockey news swirling the internet traffic today. No news out of Cincinnati or Milwaukee right now. Once a confirmation or clarification is given: I will add an update to this story.
UPDATE: It’s official. Just heard word from Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Operations Coordinator Ryan Costello who confirmed the news.