February 28, 1969 |
Sherwood Park, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)|
|Played for||Chicago Blackhawks
|NHL Draft||29th overall, 1987
Ryan Clifford McGill (born February 28, 1969) is a retired professional ice hockey player. He played in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Edmonton Oilers. McGill's playing career ended prematurely as a result of an eye injury. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Ryan joined the Calgary Flames as an assistant coach in June 2009 after four seasons as the head coach for the Flames AHL primary affiliate team in Quad City and Omaha.
In addition, he guided the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers AHL affiliate) team to the 2003-04 regular season Eastern Conference title, tying for first place overall with a 44-24-12-2 mark for 102 points. That year, his team fell short of a trip to the Calder Cup Finals, losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Prior to his time with the Wolf Pack, McGill coached 350 games in the Western Hockey League, capping it off by steering the Kootenay Ice to the 2001-02 Memorial Cup title, the championship of all Canadian Major Junior hockey. A second-round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1987 NHL Draft, he played a total of 151 career NHL games over a seven year career with the Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers. His professional playing career also included the American Hockey League and International Hockey League.
As a player in the Blackhawks development system, he was a member of the 1990 Turner Cup Champions which was then coached by Darryl Sutter.
McGill was struck in the left eye by a puck, was declared legally blind in that eye and retired at 26.
On July 4th, 2012 he was named head coach of the WHL's Kootenay Ice.