Until it wasn't. After dinner and speeches concluded, a few close friends and family members joined Jim, Leslie and the Stanley Cup at the Muddy Water Tavern to continue the visit. And he finished off with a summation of his hockey life, and a piece of advice to future generations. "I still have that picture," Rutherford said. With a lineup featuring two of the best players of their generation in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and All-Stars in Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury, anything was possible. But only the head penguin was holding the Cup at that time. Rutherford went through the room and told stories of how those in attendance touched his life, and, of course, added a few jokes. Alibe Parsons, You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. "I have a picture with dad at center ice of the Gardens. Please enter location or other information that may help the volunteer in fulfilling this request. "I'm probably the luckiest guy in the game," he began. But Doug Weight, Justin Williams, Mark Recchi and others made impactful contributions to the championship. And won. Their parents did everything they could to provide for their children, but sometimes money could be tight. Six players were signed as free agents, including Matt Cullen (2004) and Ray Whitney (2005). Jim Rutherford gives updates on Penguins and Jake Guentzel. 1Thessalonians4:14, Share to let others add their own memories and condolences. Dear Dad,I'm so proud of you. In the early '90s, Karmanos turned his eye on his ultimate goal. Please take care of each other during this difficult time. Please contact Find a Grave at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help resetting your password. Ws Public Library, Resend Activation Email. Brain Zaps Treatment, "I want you to be the point person and go find an OHL team," Karmanos told Rutherford. Alex Delvecchio played 23 years as an NHL forward, winning three Stanley Cups. In fact, based on the way Murray detailed it, he had no relationship with the Penguins’ general manager. So sorry for your loss, may you find peace and comfort in Gods love, knowing he is always there.. and you have friends that are praying for you at this difficult time. "They just put this team together for the one-week tournament," Rutherford said. "I have plans and goals in hockey," Karmanos continued. Rutherford walked the carpet to center ice, where he was greeted with a handshake from Lanny McDonald. That was fun because I was the guy that made a decision on every one of those players.". Rutherford started the next game. Rutherford was 65 years old, and there were few openings around the NHL for such a high-profile position. Igor Larionov flipped the puck off the boards ahead to Nicklas Lidstrom. "They weren't laughing then," Rutherford said with a grin. Active Pallbearers will be Richard Walkup, Tommy Tennpenny, Avent Dismukes, Ed Jordan, Sr. Ted Frantz, Royce Taylor, Jimmy Taylor, Kent Soloman, and Ike Farrer. Rutherford's draft stock had risen dramatically during that 1968.69 season, his first year as the starting goaltender for the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey League. We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. Those words, or those letters in this instance, were uttered by Jim Rutherford on a late June afternoon.