Canucks Sign Joe Rullier
The Vancouver Canucks, the NHL affiliate of the Manitoba Moose, announced today they have signed defenceman Joe Rullier to an NHL contract.
Rullier, 26, appeared in 67 games last season with both the Manchester Monarchs and Hartford Wolf Pack. In 51 games with the Wolf Pack, the Montreal, PQ native scored six goals and 22 assists for 28 points and 123 penalty minutes. After being loaned to the Monarchs by the New York Rangers on March 13/06, Rullier collected two goals and an assist for three points and 37 penalty minutes. In seven playoff games with Manchester, Rullier collected three assists and racked up 14 penalty minutes.
Rullier has appeared in 398 games in the American Hockey League in his career with Manchester, Hartford, and Lowell. He has 20 goals and 57 assists for 77 points and 1129 penalty minutes. Prior to last season, Rullier 's best year was in 2004-05 when he scored three goals and 13 assists for 16 points and set a new Monarchs franchise record with 322 penalty minutes in 71 games. He holds the record for the most games played in a Monarchs' uniform in their history with 268 and has twice been named the winner of the Monarchs Unsung Hero Award.
Rullier was originally a fifth round draft choice of Los Angeles Kings in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
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