Ryan Craig

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Ryan Craig
Ryan Craig 2012-05-05.JPG
Born (1982-01-06) January 6, 1982 (age 32)
Abbotsford, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 255th overall, 2002
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2003–present

Ryan F. Craig (born January 6, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He currently plays with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Columbus Blue Jackets organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

With the Lightning in 2009.

Craig was drafted 255th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He started his hockey career with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League and played for some years in the American Hockey League before making his debut with the Lightning in the 2005–06 season.

After spending his first seven professional seasons within the Lightning organization, on July 3, 2010, Craig signed as a free agent to a two-way, 1-year $500,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. On June 13, 2011 Craig re-signed with the Penguins for one year.[1]

After captaining Penguins affiliate, the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL for two seasons, Craig left the Penguins organization and unable to earn a NHL deal, signed a one-year AHL contract with the Springfield Falcons on July 19, 2012.

Craig was selected as the Falcons captain in his first season with the club, in 2012–13. He scored 20 goals and 47 points in 75 games to help Springfield reach the second round of the post-season. On July 5, 2013, Craig was signed to a two-year two-way contract with the Falcons NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Craig is married to Jaydee, who grew up in Souris, Manitoba. They have a son and a baby girl.[3][4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 54 11 12 23 46 5 0 0 0 4
1999–00 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 65 17 19 36 40
2000–01 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 70 38 33 71 49 6 3 0 3 7
2001–02 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 52 29 35 64 52 19 11 10 21 13
2002–03 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 60 42 32 74 69 17 5 8 13 29
2003–04 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL 5 3 5 8 0 2 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Hershey Bears AHL 61 4 8 12 24
2004–05 Springfield Falcons AHL 80 27 14 41 50
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL 28 12 10 22 14
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 48 15 13 28 6 5 0 0 0 10
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 72 14 13 27 55 6 0 0 0 12
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 2 1 2 3 2
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 7 1 1 2 0
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 54 2 4 6 60
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 73 23 22 45 64
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 3 0 0 0 5
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 71 19 29 48 84 12 3 4 7 12
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 22
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 11 19 30 70 12 1 3 4 2
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 75 20 27 47 71 8 2 2 4 7
2013–14 Springfield Falcons AHL 55 18 15 33 52 5 4 1 5 4
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 6 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 196 32 31 63 148 11 0 0 0 22

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2002–03 - CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
  • 2002–03 - WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
  • Honored as the CHL’s Humanitarian of the Year for the 2002-03 season
  • Served as the captain of the WHL’s Eastern All-Star Team in the 2002-03 Hershey Cup
  • Named to the WHL East First All-Star Team in 2002-03
  • Served as Brandon (WHL) team captain in each of his final two seasons
  • Ranked sixth in the WHL in goals, first in game-winning goals (11) and tied for eighth in power play goals (17) in 2002-03
  • Tied for Brandon’s team lead in scoring in 2002-03
  • Named Brandon’s team MVP following the 2001-02 season
  • Led Brandon in scoring in 2000-01…
  • Made his WHL debut by appearing in one game with Brandon in 1997-98 as a 16-year-old

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brandin Cote
Winner of the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
2003
Succeeded by
Chris Campoli
Preceded by
Brandin Cote
Winner of the WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
2003
Succeeded by
Braydon Coburn
Preceded by
Wyatt Smith
Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2010-12
Succeeded by
Joey Mormina