In a video piece about Mike Rupp posted at The Hockey News, Brandon Prust says that Rupp earned the respect of everyone in the locker room both on and off the ice and that he is someone that Prust looks up to:
For a guy like me, I really look up to him. You want to follow the guys like that and their attitude and what they bring to the rink every day.
John Tortorella has said that he LOVES Mike Rupp.
Rupp has eleven fights this season for the Rangers. He is averaging 6:39 per game and is on pace to have over 100 hits.
Tortorella praised the job that Rupp has done being a leader and “cultivating” the locker room on a recent episode of Behind The Bench.