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Jim Rutherford Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend | Pittsburgh Penguins


Hello Jimmy ah John Davidson and Lanny McDonald calling you from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto how you doing congratulations you're in thank you so much oh my god well I got a phone call a couple of hours ago and it was probably the most humbling experience that I've had in my hockey career it's certainly a great honor and an exciting day for for me and my family lastly you ready to go okay I'm ready you gotta feed the dogs pretty son is here come on Coco Coco come on okay good girl that's good girl okay here we go girls good girls okay all set I'm really happy that my family's gonna be there Leslie my daughter Andrea and son James and the rest of the sleaze family my sister then of course the friends and associates that I found over the years that's one of the nice things about one of these events can bring some of these people together good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome inside the

Hockey Hall of Fame's Great Hall for the 2019 inductee media conference and ring presentation the first inductee in the builder category has been building winning teams for more than 30 years the Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome gym or other firt as an honored member come on up Jim want to try that room sure does it blow you away that 15 years from now someone's gonna be sitting that tasty though oh my god there's Jerry mother puddin while they're not because they tucked me over here in the corner when he gets over there but whenever they eventually walk around there I think the biggest thing is that my son and daughter and grandkids and that can come at some point in time and say there's there's my dad ladies and gentlemen the Toronto Maple Leafs are honored to host the 22nd annual Hockey Hall of Fame game tonight we will welcome for the first time the 2019 Hall of Fame induction class in the builders category 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee jim rutherford ladies and gentlemen your 2019

Hockey Hall of Fame induction class being here for the Hall of Fame weekend is really cool I will say I got a little choked up when when the article started and I thought it's gonna be a long weekend was it's all good emotion today a very special day for them and for you to be here to share with them as they receive their Hockey Hall of Fame jackets Hockey Hall of Famer and the builders category mr. Jimmy Rutherford are you guys playing on the same line can you not get her the puck on I got her I ever for two goals okay you gotta give her a jail makes it up too easy makes it look too easy Friday night that's okay I was part of the plan this is a real special occasion for us we're all excited I'm a little bit nervous of course because I'm gonna probably have the toughest seven minutes of my career coming up and making this speech to hopefully make sure that I don't miss anybody because there's so many people that have helped me throughout my career and I've thought about this for a long time and hopefully we can get it right but it's it's gonna be a wonderful night looking good good job and welcome to this historic night for hockey the

Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies you can't help but feel a sense of excitement when you come into this building or to be captivated by the grandeur that it exudes Jim as a player as a builder as a GM as NHL executive of the Year three Stanley Cups welcome to the hall to present Jim Rutherford's Hall of Fame plaque from the 1997 Hall of Fame class Mariola mu it's been quite a journey playing in a small rink on youth teams to get to the Hockey Hall of Fame I want to thank the most important people in my life my wife Leslie thank you for your loving and supporting me for understanding me and for always knowing what to say in stressful times what I have to make really tough decisions D'Andrea thank you for your unconditional love you've supported me and stood by me through the changes in my life and it James thank you for all those trades that you recommend to be making and if we could actually make those trades you'll probably be standing here someday after receiving an unexpected phone call in 14 from David Morehouse my time in Pittsburgh has been the highlight of my career I always loved the city when I played there and

I got to return what I've learned the most in my life and my advice to people is don't let anyone tell you you can't do something because that was the story of my career and the more they told me I couldn't do things the more it turned out that I did thank you and God bless you.

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