Legends of the Game

In the sixty-fifth edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of Ken Ruttan

From the Peterborough &District Sports Hall of Fame & Museum:

Ken’s lacrosse career began in Peterborough in 1952 and from 1954 to 1956 he was on three minor Ontario championship teams and one Junior “B”. In 1957, at age 16, his Junior “A” lacrosse club were Eastern Canadian Finalists. The following years, from 1958 to 1960, he played for the Peterborough Senior “A” lacrosse team while still junior age.  Returning to junior lacrosse in 1961 with the Hastings Legionnaires, Ken won the McIntosh Trophy as the MVP as his team won the OLA title and defeated the Burnaby Norburns to win the Minto Cup. In 1962 Ken was selected by the Brampton Juniors to strengthen its bid for the Minto Cup but was defeated by Victoria Shamrocks. He returned to senior action in 1963 with the Brooklin Redmen, Mann Cup finalists in 1964 and 1965 and was a member of the 1966 Peterborough Mann Cup Champion Pepsi Petes.

Ken represented Canada in 1967, playing in the first World Field Lacrosse championship, winning a bronze medal. In 1968 he played 10 games in the Professional Lacrosse League with Peterborough prior to retirement.

Ken was a rugged defenceman and one of the best two-way players in the game, amassing over 700 points during his 10 year career. He was in the top ten in OLA scoring five times. In 1997 Ken was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

From the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame:

Ken was a big, burly defenseman who intimidated opponents with his size and defensive abilities, yet he was quite an offensive threat.

As a member of the Junior A Hastings Legionnaires, Ken was a league top ten scorer winning the Dennis McIntosh Memorial Trophy as OLA Junior Series MVP in 1961 and later winning a Minto Cup title that year.

In 1964, Ruttan experienced his first Mann Cup final with the Senior A Brooklin Merchants, but it wasn’t until 1966 that he could drink from the cup as a member of the Mann Cup champions Peterborough Pepsi Petes.

He was a member of the 1967 Team Canada Men’s Field Lacrosse team that won a bronze medal.

Inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.

Inducted into the Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009.

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