January 6, 1982 |
Abbotsford, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)|
|Played for||Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||255th overall, 2002
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan F. Craig (born January 6, 1982) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centre and current assistant coach with the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League. Prior to retirement, he was the captain of the Cleveland Monsters in the American Hockey League (AHL). Craig was drafted 255th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He started his hockey career with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League and made his debut by appearing in one game in the 1997–98 season as a 16-year-old. In the 2000–01 season, Craig led Brandon in scoring and was named the team MVP the following year. Serving as a captain in his final two seasons in the WHL, Craig tied for the lead in scoring in the 2002–03 season, and ranked sixth in the WHL in goals, first in game-winning goals (11) and tied for eighth in power play goals.
After spending his first seven professional seasons within the Lightning organization, on July 3, 2010, Craig signed as a free agent to a two-way, 1-year $500,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. On June 13, 2011, Craig re-signed with the Penguins for one year.
After captaining the Penguins' AHL affiliate, the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins, for two seasons, Craig left the Penguins' organization. Unable to earn an NHL deal, he signed a one-year AHL contract with the Springfield Falcons on July 19, 2012.
Craig was selected as the Falcons' captain in his first season with the club, in 2012–13. He scored 20 goals and 47 points in 75 games to help Springfield reach the second round of the post-season. On July 5, 2013, Craig was signed to a two-year, two-way contract with the Falcons' NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
On June 29, 2015, Craig continued his affiliation with the Blue Jackets, by signing a two-year contract with their new AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. In his first season with the Monsters in 2015–16, Craig led the team as Captain in capturing their first Calder Cup championship.
|1997–98||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||54||11||12||23||46||5||0||0||0||4|
|1999–00||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||65||17||19||36||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||70||38||33||71||49||6||3||0||3||7|
|2001–02||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||52||29||35||64||52||19||11||10||21||13|
|2002–03||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||60||42||32||74||69||17||5||8||13||29|
|2003–04||Pensacola Ice Pilots||ECHL||5||3||5||8||0||2||0||1||1||0|
|2005–06||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||48||15||13||28||6||5||0||0||0||10|
|2006–07||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||72||14||13||27||55||6||0||0||0||12|
|2007–08||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||7||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||54||2||4||6||60||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||3||0||0||0||5||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||6||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||60||9||11||20||38||17||3||10||13||8|
Awards and honors
|East First All-Star Team||2002–03|
|Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy||2002–03|
|CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award||2002–03|
|Calder Cup (Lake Erie Monsters)||2016|||
- "Penguins sign Ryan Craig". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
- "Blue Jackets sign Ryan Craig, Jeremy Smith and Cody Bass to two-way contracts". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Craig, Vogelhuber, Ambroz and Yevenko signed for 2015-16". Lake Erie Monsters. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
- "Vegas Golden Knights Name Ryan Craig Assistant Coach". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
- "Lightning news and notes". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- "Parrish propels Admirals to fourth straight victory". Norfolk Admirals. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
- Brown, Tony (June 12, 2016). "Bjorkstrand's OT goal clinches Monsters' first-ever Calder Cup championship". Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
- Ryan Craig career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Ryan Craig player profile at NHL.com
- Ryan Craig career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
|Winner of the WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
|Captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins