BORN JULY 1ST 1973 at Innisfail in Alberta, Canada, he arrived in Australia in 1984-5 and attended Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide. He was a forward who played the 1985 President's Cup and won the Tange Trophy in 1990 and then the Brown Trophy at Blacktown. He won 3 Goodall Cups representing South Australia in 1990, 1991 and 1995. He was captain of the National Youth Team in 1990 and represented Australia 5 more times in in the senior team in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.
In 1996 and '97, he played Tier 2 hockey in Massena New York and was captain of the SUNY-Cortland state hockey team (NCAA III) while completing an Economics Management degree at State University New York (SUNY) at Cortland (1993-97). He played 44 games averaging one point a game. Later he graduated with a MBA from Medaille College in Buffalo NY (2006-08) and coached Mites in the Massena minor hockey league. He is the the Owner of Breakaway Transport and lived in Cos Cob, Connecticut, with his wife and children in 2016.
His brother, Dean, was one of South Australia's first Goodall Cup champions in 1986 and went on to play in the WHL Calgary Wranglers, then the Olds Grizzlies and Hobbema Hawks Tier II Junior Teams. His parents have been long time administrators in Australia's national ice hockey association.
Ross Carpenter, 'Rurak, Chris (1973 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/bio_rurak.html, accessed online .