February 28, 1973|
Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
New York Rangers|
173rd overall, 1992|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan VandenBussche (born February 28, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward who played fourteen years professional hockey, nine National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He is best known for his pugilistic skills.
On August 22, 1995, he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers. After two seasons in the AHL with the Rangers' farm team, the Binghamton Rangers, VandenBussche finally made his NHL debut for the 1996–97 season playing 11 games.
The very next season, 1997–98, VandenBussche was split between four different teams in three different leagues. He played three games for the Indianapolis Ice of the IHL, fifteen games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, sixteen games for the New York Rangers of the NHL, and since the Rangers traded him for Ryan Risidore on March 29, 1998, four games for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.
VandenBussche remained a Blackhawk until the Pittsburgh Penguins signed him as an unrestricted free agent on July 12, 2004. On September 25, 2006, Jokerit of SM-liiga signed the forward for a try-out, which was terminated on November 5. After his tryout, VandenBussche signed with the New Mexico Scorpions as a player/coach, but retired in January for medical reasons.
VandenBussche was not known as a goal scorer or play maker; in 310 NHL games, he scored 10 goals and 10 assists. VandenBussche's role was as an enforcer. He has the distinction of being pound for pound one of the toughest enforcers at the NHL level, and the man who ended the career of Nick Kypreos in a pre-season game in 1997.
In 2006 VandenBussche was charged with assault after he assaulted multiple officers and uttered death threats. He was cleared of the charges in 2008 due to a successful argument that his multiple concussions during his hockey career and a shove during the altercation rendered him a "non-insane automaton".
VandenBussche and his wife Lisa currently sell real-estate with his father Ron as Team VandenBussche with ReMax Erie Shores in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. Ryan is the founder of a charity called Stix n Pix which promotes the development of grass-roots hockey and music within the community and surrounding area. He has also partnered with Canadian Tire First Shift Program, which is an initiative to help get youth involved in hockey.
VandenBussche was awarded the civilian Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service in 2017 for his multiple visits to overseas military bases, starting with a ball hockey game in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010.
Regular season and playoffs
|1992–93||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||44||4||10||14||124||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||53||2||13||15||239||3||0||0||0||17|
|1996–97||New York Rangers||NHL||11||1||0||1||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||15||2||0||2||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||New York Rangers||NHL||16||1||0||1||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Mexico Scorpions||CHL||9||0||3||3||29||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Kypreos, VandenBussche on concussions". sportsnet.ca. March 25, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Campbell, Morgan (March 10, 2011). "A history of violence". The Toronto Star. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Oliveira, Michael (July 11, 2008). "Former NHL enforcer cleared of assault charges". The Toronto Star. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- "Simcoe real estate". youronlineagents.com. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- Robinson, Jacob (January 30, 2018). "Local skaters on Cloud 9". simcoereformer.ca. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Robinson, Jacob (24 January 2017). "VandenBussche honoured by Canadian Forces". Simcoe Reformer. Retrieved 11 February 2017.