Derek Ryan (ice hockey)

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Derek Ryan
Derek Ryan.jpg
Born (1986-12-29) December 29, 1986 (age 32)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
SAPA Fehérvár AV19
EC VSV
Örebro HK
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Derek Allen Ryan (born December 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Ryan started his junior career with his hometown's Spokane Braves of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) from 2002 to 2004.

Ryan played four seasons of major junior hockey (2003–2007) in the Western Hockey League (WHL), again representing his hometown club, the Spokane Chiefs.[1] With limited NHL interest due to his diminutive size, he went on to play four seasons of Canadian university hockey (2007–2011) with the University of Alberta Golden Bears in the CWUAA conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). For his outstanding college hockey, play he was named the CIS (West) Most Valuable Player for the 2010–11 season, and was also named to the 2010–11 CIS All-Canadian First Team.[2]

Ryan embarked on a professional career in Europe and made his debut in the 2011–12 season in the Austrian League (EBEL) with Hungarian club Alba Volán Székesfehérvár under head coach Kevin Primeau.[3] After placing third in team scoring with 49 points in 50 games, Ryan was signed to an improved contract with Austrian club EC VSV on July 7, 2012.[4] In his second season in Villach, Ryan lead the EBEL with 38 goals and finished with 84 points in 54 games. He was awarded the Ron Kennedy Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the 2013–14 season.[3]

On April 10, 2014, Ryan moved to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), signing a lucrative contract with Örebro HK.[5] In the 2014–15 season, Ryan's rapid ascent in the professional leagues continued as he became the cornerstone of Örebro's offence and in leading the club to the playoffs, lead the SHL in scoring with 45 assists and 60 points to be selected as the league's Forward of the Year and the SHL Most Valuable player.[3]

Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames[edit]

Earning NHL interest after defying initial size concerns, Ryan signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on June 15, 2015.[6] He was called-up to the Hurricanes in February 2016 and made his NHL debut on March 1 against the New Jersey Devils, also scoring his first NHL goal in the game, against goaltender Cory Schneider.[3]

After establishing himself through three seasons within the Hurricanes, Ryan left as a free agent to reunite with former Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters in signing a three-year, $9.375 million contract with the Calgary Flames on July 1, 2018.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ryan was raised in Spokane by his parents Tim and Nancy (who died during Ryan's second season with the Alberta Golden Bears). He has one sister. He and his wife Bonnie have a son, born in 2013, and a daughter, born in 2016.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Spokane Chiefs WHL 1 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0
2004–05 Spokane Chiefs WHL 71 14 32 46 39
2005–06 Spokane Chiefs WHL 72 24 37 61 50
2006–07 Spokane Chiefs WHL 72 28 31 59 50 6 3 2 5 2
2006–07 Kalamazoo Wings UHL 3 0 2 2 0 13 1 4 5 8
2007–08 University of Alberta CIS 28 11 14 25 20
2008–09 University of Alberta CIS 25 16 19 35 16
2009–10 University of Alberta CIS 28 14 25 39 30
2010–11 University of Alberta CIS 28 17 30 47 18
2011–12 Alba Volán Székesfehérvár EBEL 50 25 24 49 20 6 1 3 4 6
2012–13 EC VSV EBEL 54 27 39 66 22 7 3 8 11 6
2013–14 EC VSV EBEL 54 38 46 84 50 9 2 14 16 6
2014–15 Örebro HK SHL 55 15 45 60 18 6 0 1 1 2
2015–16 Charlotte Checkers AHL 70 23 32 55 24
2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 6 2 0 2 2
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 9 5 8 13 0
2016–17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 67 11 18 29 22
2017–18 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 15 23 38 28
2018–19 Calgary Flames NHL 81 13 25 38 24 5 1 0 1 2
SHL totals 55 15 45 60 18 6 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 234 41 66 107 76 5 1 0 1 2
Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Denmark

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 United States WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 4 3 7 0
2019 United States WC 7th 7 1 3 4 2
Senior totals 16 5 6 11 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
CIS
All-Canadian Second Team 2009–10 [2]
(West) Most Valuable Player 2010–11 [2]
First-Team All-Canadian 2010–11 [2]
SHL
Guldhjälmen Most Valuable Player 2014–15 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHL Alumni spotlight: Derek Ryan". Western Hockey League. October 2, 2010. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2010.</
  2. ^ a b c d e "Profile - University of Alberta". University of Alberta. April 1, 2011. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e Prewitt, Alex (February 2, 2017). "After a non-traditional journey, Derek Ryan finds himself at home with Hurricanes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Forward Derek Ryan signs for VSV!" (in German). EC VSV. July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "Orebro unveil four new players" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Hurricanes sign Derek Ryan". Carolina Hurricanes. June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Flames sign three players". Calgary Flames. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.

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