Date Of Birth 03/06/1996
Hometown Zehner, SK, Canada
Duel national Regina, Saskatchewan native Sam Ruopp made his Belfast Giants debut in 2021-22, patrolling the blue line throughout an EIHL League and Challenge Cup winning campaign.
Ruopp’s physical defensive game is aided by his six-foot four frame, but the 26-year-old also contributed offensively throughout last season, posting 4 goals and 20 assists; good for 24 total points in 66 games played.
Ruopp was a fifth round NHL draftee in 2015, with a selection to the Columbus Blue Jackets 129th overall.
He played junior hockey in the WHL, Captaining the Prince George Cougars for three of his four full seasons, and also earning three defenceman of the year accolades, before opting for college with USports program the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Ruopp shared a college locker room with former Giants Josh Roach, Jesse Forsberg and Kendall McFaul which he credits with his eventual move to Belfast in 2021, following a short stint in the ECHL with the Allen Americans- where he also played alongside Scott Conway.