Derek Ryan (ice hockey)
December 29, 1986|
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
SAPA Fehérvár AV19
|National team||United States|
Ryan played four seasons of major junior hockey (2003–2007) in the Western Hockey League (WHL), again representing his hometown club, the Spokane Chiefs. 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.
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. 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. 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.
On April 10, 2014, Ryan moved to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), signing a lucrative contract with Örebro HK. 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.
Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames
Earning NHL interest after defying initial size concerns, Ryan signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on June 15, 2015. 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.
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.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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|
|Representing United States|
Awards and honors
|All-Canadian Second Team||2009–10|||
|(West) Most Valuable Player||2010–11|||
|Guldhjälmen Most Valuable Player||2014–15|||
- "WHL Alumni spotlight: Derek Ryan". Western Hockey League. October 2, 2010. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2010.</
- "Profile - University of Alberta". University of Alberta. April 1, 2011. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
- Prewitt, Alex (February 2, 2017). "After a non-traditional journey, Derek Ryan finds himself at home with Hurricanes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
- "Forward Derek Ryan signs for VSV!" (in German). EC VSV. July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
- "Orebro unveil four new players" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- "Hurricanes sign Derek Ryan". Carolina Hurricanes. June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
- "Flames sign three players". Calgary Flames. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.