Ryan Cruthers

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Ryan Cruthers
Ryan Cruthers Royals.JPG
Born (1984-07-04) July 4, 1984 (age 33)
Farmingdale, New York, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Lake Erie Monsters
Albany River Rats
Norfolk Admirals
Manitoba Moose
Hershey Bears
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–2015

Ryan Cruthers (born July 4, 1984, in Farmingdale, New York) is a former professional ice hockey player. During Cruthers pre-collegiate career he won an EJHL Championship with the New York Apple Core and a New York State Championship with St Marys High School. Cruthers then attended West Point the United States Military Academy before transferring to RMU, Robert Morris University, where he sat out his first year due to NCAA transfer restrictions, but later Cruthers found his way to be a leader on the team, and a top collegiate player in his senior year. Cruthers graduated from RMU with degree in Sports Management.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Junior Hockey[edit]

Cruthers scored 43 goals and 60 assists for a total of 103 points during his term with the New York Apple Core where he won his EJHL Championship ring. Cruthers also had 101 penalty minutes.[2]

In July 2008, Cruthers was inducted into the New York Apple Core Hall of Fame. This was the first class inducted and included 25 past Apple Core players, coaches, owner.

During his stay at St Marys High School he won a NYS High School Championship.[3]

USMA career[edit]

Cruthers first stop on his collegiate road was the United States Military Academy. During Cruthers 2003–2004 season he tied to be leader in scoring. He had 18 points his freshman year with 13 assists and 5 goals. Cruthers won the Heinmiller Award for the most outstanding freshman that year.[2]

After an incredible first season of play Cruthers was expected to be just as a strong a player the following season and he showed up ready to play. Cruthers came in second for scoring during the 2004–2005 season but he led the team with 10 assists and then tacked on an extra 6 goals for a total of 16 points that season.[3]

In an article written by Keith Koval for Robert Morris University Cruthers talked about his decision to transfer schools. Cruthers stated "I left on good terms", Cruthers said. "Being there for two years, I decided hockey was my passion and I wanted to pursue hockey opportunities after college instead of serving time in the military. I thought the best way to do that was to transfer." [4]

Robert Morris University[edit]

After Cruthers' decision to leave USMA he called Derek Schooley, the new head coach of RMU Men's Hockey Team. Schooley, formerly assistant coach for Air Force, had recruited Ryan before his decision to attend West Point and was more than happy to take Ryan on the team. [4]

Cruthers was forced to sit out the 2004–2005 season.

Back and ready to play during the 2006–2007 season Cruthers made a name for himself yet again. Cruthers led the team with 37 points, 17 of which were goals and another ten assists. Cruthers rewrote the RMU record book that year.

Cruthers senior year was his biggest. Halfway through his senior year Cruthers leadership ability was shown when he was named a team a captain. Cruthers had 22 goals and 27 assists his final season. He was third in the nation in points per game. He was also in the top ten for assists.

During his senior year Cruthers was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award. The Hobey is often referred to as Heisman of Hockey. Cruthers was also nominated for the Lowe's Senior Class a coveted award for colleges top hockey players. [1]

Cruthers is also the first Robert Morris Hockey player to be called up to an American Hockey League team.

Professional career[edit]

After college Cruthers signed with the Utah Grizzlies a minor league team affiliated with the New York Islanders. Cruthers played the four regular season games with the Grizzlies and getting two assists. He was moved up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) for one game, but did not dress. He played 15 post season games with Utah going all the way to their conference finals scoring one goal and having four assists. In the 2008–09 season, Cruthers was signed by the Mississippi Sea Wolves and led the team in scoring with 66 points (29 goals and 37 assists). Cruthers was recalled to the American Hockey League on three different occasion's for a total of nine games: five games for Colorado Avalanche affiliate Lake Erie Monsters and four games for Carolina Hurricanes affiliate Albany River Rats.

In the 2009–10 season, Cruthers initially signed with Central Hockey League Champions the Texas Brahmas,[5] However, after only four games on October 31, 2010, Cruthers was offered a contract by the Reading Royals of the ECHL.[6] He once again led the team in scoring with 71 points in 60 games and the entire ECHL in playoff scoring with 24 points as the Royals reached the finals in the American conference. During the season, Cruthers was also signed to a try-out contract with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL totalling 1 assist in 8 games.[7]

On August 24, 2010, Cruthers signed as a free agent to a one-year contract to remain with the Royals.[8]

Signed a Professional Try Out contract with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL on January 7, 2011.[9]

During the 2011–12 season on March 8, 2012, the Reading Royals traded away the captain to the Alaska Aces in exchange for young prospect Ethan Cox and future considerations.[10]

At season's end Cruthers, a free agent, became the first player to sign with the re-birthed Orlando Solar Bears, with a one-year deal on July 17, 2012.[11]

After returning to the Reading Royals for two seasons, Cruther announced his retirement from professional hockey in accepting a head coaching position with the Charlotte Rush of the United States Premier Hockey League on June 29, 2015.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Army AHA 29 5 13 18 42
2004–05 Army AHA 18 6 10 16 14
2006–07 Robert Morris University CHA 34 17 20 37 32
2007–08 Robert Morris University CHA 34 22 27 49 40
2007–08 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 4 0 2 2 2 15 1 4 5 4
2008–09 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 65 29 37 66 72
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 5 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 4 0 0 0 8
2009–10 Texas Brahmas CHL 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Reading Royals ECHL 60 22 49 71 71 16 8 16 24 12
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 8 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Reading Royals ECHL 51 22 35 57 44 8 5 3 8 4
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 12 3 1 4 11
2010–11 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Reading Royals ECHL 48 11 28 39 77
2011–12 Alaska Aces ECHL 11 2 1 3 6 10 4 2 6 29
2012–13 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 71 23 22 45 138
2013–14 Reading Royals ECHL 53 16 40 56 42 5 0 2 2 6
2014–15 Reading Royals ECHL 66 15 35 50 65 7 1 4 5 9
AHL totals 32 3 4 7 23

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CHA First Team 2007–08
  • Heinmiller Award (USMA)
  • CHA Player of the Year 2008 (College Hockey America)
  • Most Valuable Player 2008 (RMU)
  • Best Offensive Player 2008 (RMU)
  • Easton Three Star Award (College Hockey America)
  • Third Team All American (Inside College Hockey)
  • 2007 All Tournament Team (NYE Frontier Classic)

Cruthers was also nominated for two of the most coveted collegiate hockey awards:


  1. ^ a b RMU Athletic Department
  2. ^ a b "Ryan Cruthers play profile". RMU Colonials.com. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b United States Military Academy Athletic Department
  4. ^ a b "Cruthers Leaves Mark on RMU Hockey". RMC Colonials.com. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cruthers joins CHL Champs for 2009–10". Central Hockey League. 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Royals sign forward Cruthers". Reading Royals. 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Two players added to Admirals roster". Norfolk Admirals. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Royals sign forward Ryan Cruthers". Reading Royals. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Ryan Cruthers – Manitoba Moose Player Profile". Manitoba Moose. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Royals trade away Cruthers". Reading Royals. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  11. ^ "Solar Bears agree to terms with Ryan Cruthers". Orlando Solar Bears. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  12. ^ "Charlotte Rush hire new head coach, Ryan Cruthers". Charlotte Rush. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sean Bentivoglio
CHA Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Juliano Pagliero
Preceded by
Ted Cook
Easton Three-Star Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Award Discontinued