Ryan Russell

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Ryan Russell
Ryan Russell Jackets.JPG
Born (1987-05-02) May 2, 1987 (age 27)
Red Deer, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Leksands IF
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 211th overall, 2005
New York Rangers
Playing career 2007–present

Ryan Russell (born May 2, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Russell has a twin brother, Kris who plays for the Calgary Flames.

Playing career[edit]

Russell was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (7th round, 211th overall). He was drafted from the Kootenay Ice in the WHL where he played from 2003 till 2007. After the 2006–07 season with the Ice, Russell was unable to come to terms with the Rangers and was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a seventh round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on May 31, 2007. He was swiftly signed to a three-year entry level contract by the Canadiens.[1]

In his first professional season in 2007–08, Russell split the year between both affiliates of the Canadiens the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. While with the Cyclones, he scored a series-winning shorthanded goal in overtime of Game Five to send the Cyclones into the Kelly Cup Finals. They went on to win the Kelly Cup in six games. On July 20, 2010, Russell was re-signed by the Canadiens as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract.[2]

On July 7, 2011, Russell was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Michael Blunden. He joined his brother Kris Russell with the Blue Jackets organization.

On January 7, 2012, Russell made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.[3] On January 13, 2012, Russell scored his first NHL goal against Jason LaBarbera of the Phoenix Coyotes.[4]

As a free agent, on July 29, 2013, Russell signed his first European contract, agreeing to a one-year deal with Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Kootenay Ice WHL 67 3 9 12 27 4 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Kootenay Ice WHL 66 32 21 53 18 16 6 7 13 12
2005–06 Kootenay Ice WHL 72 33 42 75 30 6 3 5 8 2
2006–07 Kootenay Ice WHL 58 30 46 76 40 7 3 6 9 2
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 25 2 1 3 4
2007–08 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 12 6 4 10 4 15 3 4 7 0
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 79 20 19 39 24 6 1 3 4 2
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 74 19 18 37 8 19 7 5 12 0
2010–11 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 65 10 11 21 48 20 7 2 9 0
2011–12 Springfield Falcons AHL 31 9 6 15 15
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 41 2 0 2 2
2012–13 Springfield Falcons AHL 62 10 6 16 16 7 1 3 4 4
NHL totals 41 2 0 2 2

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