Ryan Kinasewich

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Ryan Kinasewich
Ryan Kinasewich 2 2010.jpg
Born (1983-08-20) August 20, 1983 (age 30)
St. Albert, Alberta, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
Graz 99ers
Manchester Monarchs
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Lake Erie Monsters
Hamilton Bulldogs
KHL Medveščak
EC Red Bull Salzburg
Milano Rossoblu
Playing career 2004–present

Ryan Kinasewich (born August 20, 1983) is a Croatian-Canadian[1][2] professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with Graz 99ers, in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Playing career[edit]

Kinasewich was originally selected in the third round, 37th overall, in the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft joining first overall draft pick, Jay Bouwmeester at the Medicine Hat Tigers.[3] After two full seasons with the Tigers, Ryan then joined the Tri-City Americans from the 2001–02 season and contributed 39 goals with the Americans in the following year.

As an Undrafted free agent, after completing his junior career, Kinasewich made his professional debut in the 2004–05 season, signing with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League. After earning player of the week in the ECHL at the turn of the year, Ryan played in the ECHL All-Star game and later made his debut in the American Hockey League, signing a professional try-out agreement with the Manchester Monarchs, affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Starting the 2005–06 on the sidelines with injury, Kinasewich was later traded by the Royals to fellow ECHL team, the Utah Grizzlies. In addition to leading the Grizzlies with 85 points in 60 games, Ryan also co-led the ECHL in goals with 39. He consolidated his offensive prowess in the ECHL the following year, after initially signing back with the Royals, Kinasewich was returned to Utah in a trade prior to the 2006–07 season and again led the Grizzlies in scoring with 29 goals and 59 points despite sustaining a season-ending injury on February 14, 2007, against the Fresno Falcons.[4]

During the 2007–08 season, Kinasewich was signed by the Grizzlies AHL team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on a PTO, with both teams co-ordinating as affiliate to the New York Islanders. In 24 games, Kinasewich posted just 5 points before returning to co-lead the Grizzlies with 60 points, including scoring an All-time record 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in a game in a 6-5 victory against the Phoenix RoadRunners on January 16, 2008.[5] In 2008–09, Ryan remained in the ECHL with the Grizzlies and experienced stints in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters and the Hamilton Bulldogs before recovering from a supposed season-ending injury suffered in February to re-join the Grizzlies in the playoffs.

On September 8, 2009, he re-signed to a one-year contract to captain the Grizzlies for the 2009–10 season. On October 24, 2009, Kinaeswich scored two goals in a 5-3 defeat to the Idaho Steelheads to tie and surpass Chris Taylor as the All-Time goal scoring leader in Grizziles history.[6] Two weeks later Kinasewich posted a 5-point night (3 goals and 2 assists) in an 8-3 rout of the Las Vegas Wranglers, to again surpass Taylor's 278 points as the All-Time Franchise scoring leader on November 14. Enjoying one of the best starts to a season in ECHL player history with 27 points in 12 games, Ryan was then signed to an AHL PTO contract with the Bulldogs on November 16, 2009.[7] After 5 scoreless games in the AHL with the Bulldogs, and a four point contribution in a brief return to the Sound Tigers, Ryan primarily remained with Utah. He tied Kip Miller for most goals in a Grizzlies season, leading the ECHL with 48 goals and scoring 103 points in just 59 games. Named as a starter to the ECHL All-Star game and selected to the ECHL first All-Star Team Ryan was also named as the only runner-up as the ECHL MVP.[8] After five years, Kinasewich finished his prolific scoring tenure with the Grizzlies as the Franchise record holder in goals (156), assists (200) and points (356).

Unable to establish himself above the ECHL level, on July 4, 2010, Kinasewich of Croatian descent left North America and signed a one-year contract as a free agent with Croatian team, KHL Medveščak Zagreb, of the EBEL.[9] After leading Zagreb for a second consecutive year in scoring with 54 points in 49 games, Kinasewich signed with fellow team, EC Red Bull Salzburg, on May 11, 2012.

Kinasewich stay with Red Bull in the 2012–13 season was short lived as after 14 games he was mutually released from his contract. On October 31, 2012, he signed for the remainder of the season in Italy with Milano Rossoblu.[10]

Upon conclusion of his tenure with Milan, Kinasewich opted to return to the EBEL for the following season, signing an optional two-year contract with Graz 99ers on April 25, 2013.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 3 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 47 3 10 13 19
2000–01 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 66 12 20 32 36
2001–02 Tri-City Americans WHL 61 19 28 47 43 5 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Tri-City Americans WHL 66 39 52 91 87
2003–04 Tri-City Americans WHL 55 33 36 69 45 11 7 5 12 0
2004–05 Reading Royals ECHL 43 16 22 38 26 5 1 5 6 2
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 29 2 6 8 4
2005–06 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 60 39 46 85 48 4 2 0 2 2
2006–07 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 44 29 30 59 47
2007–08 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 44 23 37 60 48 12 8 4 12 20
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 24 3 2 5 12
2008–09 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 32 17 32 49 48 5 0 0 0 12
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 7 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 59 48 55 103 70 9 6 3 9 8
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 5 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 5 2 2 4 2
2010–11 KHL Medveščak EBEL 49 30 29 59 16 5 1 4 5 2
2011–12 KHL Medveščak EBEL 49 25 29 54 16 9 2 4 6 4
2012–13 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 14 4 7 11 6
2012–13 Milano Rossoblu ITL 25 16 10 26 14 6 3 2 5 0
2013–14 Graz 99ers EBEL 28 13 11 24 14
AHL totals 71 8 11 19 20

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
ECHL
ECHL Most Goals 2005–06, 2009–10
First All-Star Team 2009–10 [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Kinasewich novi je igrač Medvjeda" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  2. ^ "'Medvjedi' imaju pojačanje: Potpisao Ryan Kinasewich" (in Croatian). 24sata. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Ryan Kinasewich -EliteHockey Prospects". Eliteprospects.com. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Ryan Kinasewich Player Profile". ECHL. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  5. ^ a b ECHL (2010-04-01). "Ryan Kinasewich named to ECHL 1st Team". oursportscentral.com. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Kinasewich makes history in late loss". Utah Grizzlies. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Ryan Kinasewich loaned to Hamilton". Utah Grizzlies. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  8. ^ ECHL (2010-04-09). "Elmira's Tyler Donati named CCM U+ ECHL Most Valuable Player". oursportscentral. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  9. ^ "Kinasewich with Bears as of this fall" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak. Retrieved 2010-09-27. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Points in the hands of Ryan Kinasewich for Milano" (in Italian). Milano Rossoblu. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  11. ^ "99ers agree with import Ryan Kinasewich" (in German). Graz 99ers. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 

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