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Ken Ruttan

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.

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