26 Joe Rutkowski
26 Joe Rutkowski
Height: 5-10
Weight: 163
Year: So.
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Ill.
Position: Defenseman
Team: Sioux Falls (USHL)
S/C: L

Freshman (2016-17 Season): Dressed in 35 games for Ferris State…finished tied for a team-leading 18 assists, added two goals for 20 points…tied for fourth on the team in scoring…led all freshmen skaters in points…was third best on the team amongst Bulldog skaters with a +5…earned first collegiate point, an assist, in his first ever game on Oct. 1 on Mitch Maloney’s first goal of the season…scored first collegiate goal at Michigan State’s Munn Ice Arena on Nov. 10 at 2:04 of the second period on the power play…had a five-game point streak from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12…ranked ninth nationally in freshmen defensemen points per game at .57.

High School/Juniors: Played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) under head coach Scott Owens...Had seven goals and 26 assists in 58 games for the Herd during the 2015-16 season...Was named USHL Defenseman of the Week on Nov. 23, 2015 after scoring four assists in a weekend series…During the 2014-15 year he played with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League (NAHL)...In 47 games for the Chill, he had 13 assists...Also played with the Chicago Mission's Bantam AAA, U16 and U18 teams in the HPHL. Won the 2013 USA Hockey National Championship with the Chicago Mission.

Personal: The son of Steve and Barb Rutkowski...Was born on February 23rd, 1997...Plays defense...shoots left...He will be majoring in Pre-Med at Ferris State...His favorite hobby is golf...His hometown is Crystal Lake, IL...Went to Crystal Lake South High School...Has one sister named Paige.