James Rutherford (born February 17, 1949) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and current front office executive. He is the general manager (GM) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, having been named to that position on June 6, 2014. Prior to that, he was the president and general manager, as well as a part owner, of the Carolina Hurricanes - known as the Hartford Whalers until 1997 - having joined the franchise in 1994 and helping build the Hurricanes team that won the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Jim Rutherford was one of the pioneers of the popular trend of hockey goalies decorating his mask in 1976. Initially, a friend painted a pair of red wings at the temples of Rutherford's without his permission. Because he didn't have time to get another fitted mask before game time, he reluctantly wore the decorated mask on the ice. Another earlier pioneer wasGary Simmons with his Cobra mask. Others include Gary Smith and Doug Favell but the first "decorated" mask in the league was the iconic stitches worn by Gerry Cheevers.
- ^ "Jim Rutherford NHL Statistics". Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- ^ Rutherford named GM of Penguins, Bylsma fired
- ^ Canes' Rutherford expected to give up GM duties at end of the season, News Observer
- ^ Francis replaces Rutherford as Hurricanes' GM
- ^ https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/474916047267848192
- ^  Gary Simmons
- ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=0LGrOrln4KwC&pg=PA86&lpg=PA86&dq=cheevers+mask+stitch+mark+story&source=bl&ots=pb4ZZM6EIr&sig=h8WekEebsWvtQByG-Kqhotbj_e4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IPNWVJylGIiNyATOkYCYDQ&ved=0CFMQ6AEwCw#v=onepage&q=cheevers%20mask%20stitch%20mark%20story&f=false Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask By Jim McRae, Jim Hynes, Gary Smith
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