Michael Rupp

Michael Rupp (born on January 13 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a professional ice hockey player with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. His childhood ice hockey teams included the Parma Heights Wings Municipal Hockey Club, where he started playing at age 9. He was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He was chosen 9th overall in the first round. He has played on the Columbus Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes. He won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils, scoring the Cup-clinching goal. Columbus declined to submit Rupp (a restricted free agent) a qualifying offer in June 2006. On July 1 2006, his status changed to unrestricted. Rupp signed a 1-year, $450,000 contract to return to the Devils.

In Junior, he played in the Ontario Hockey League for the Windsor Spitfires and Erie Otters.

Rupp is a self professed Born Again Christian who became devoted to his faith after meeting his future wife Christi while he was playing in the OHL for the Erie Otters.

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