The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced today that defenseman Joe Rutkowski has signed his first professional contract with the team prior to the start of this weekend’s series against the Utah Grizzlies. The signing marks the fourth Black Hills Chiropractic Roster Adjustment of the week. Rutkowski will make his professional debut against the Grizzlies tonight, wearing #4.
Rutkowski turns professional following the completion of his collegiate career in the NCAA. The 5’10”, 170-pound blue-liner appeared in 33 games with the Bulldogs this year, his senior season, and earned 2 goals, 10 assists, and 12 points.
A native of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Rutkowski amassed 6 goals, 49 assists, and 55 points in 142 games. As a freshman in 2016-17, he was tied for the team-lead with 18 assists, and finished in a tie for fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points in 35 games. Prior to his collegiate career, Rutkowski played one season in the NAHL with the Coulee Region Chill (47gp, 13ast) and one season in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede (58gp, 7g-26ast-33pts).