Michael Glen Wayne Ryder (born March 31, 1980) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins. He has also played for the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, and New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.
March 31, 1980|
Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
216th overall, 1998|
On May 30, 2003, Ryder scored the winning goal to end the longest game in American Hockey League history. His goal at 14:56 of the fourth overtime period gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 2–1 win over the Houston Aeros in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals.
In the 2003–04 NHL season, he played in the NHL YoungStars Game. He was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February 2004. He finished the season leading all rookies in points, powerplay points, shots, and goals. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout he played for Leksands IF of the second division of Swedish hockey. He reached 30 goals in back-to-back seasons after the lockout.
On April 7, 2007, he scored a natural hat-trick in the 2nd period against the Toronto Maple Leafs when the Canadiens were down 3–1. This was the most important game of the regular season since the Leafs, Canadiens, and the New York Islanders were vying for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and the game would determine which team would take the last playoff spot. Despite Ryder's effort, the Canadiens eventually lost the game 6–5.
The Canadiens fared better from another excellent performance from Ryder in a historic comeback against the New York Rangers on February 19, 2008. Ryder scored two goals and added an assist in a 6–5 win after the Canadiens were trailing by a score of 5–0. At the time, this comeback marked the only time the Canadiens won when trailing 5–0 in the team's 99-year history. Ryder was initially credited with a hat trick, however his last goal was later changed as it was determined that his shot went off teammate Mark Streit's leg before hitting the back of the net.
Ryder's contract expired on June 30, 2008, and the Canadiens did not re-sign him, due in part to his scoring only 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points, the lowest totals of his career. He also played in only 4 of Montreal's 13 playoff games.
On July 1, 2008, Michael Ryder signed a contract with the Boston Bruins for 3 years worth approximately $4 million per season. It is thought that part of the reason Ryder signed with Boston was that Ryder has had nearly six seasons worth of play (three in junior hockey, one in the AHL and two with the Canadiens) under Claude Julien, the current Bruins coach.
On October 9, 2008, Ryder scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform in Boston's season opener against the Colorado Avalanche, a 5-4 Bruins victory. The goal coincidentally was Ryder's 100th career goal. He went on to score 27 goals in his first season with Boston as the Bruins clinched first overall in the Eastern Conference. Their first round matchup was with the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens, Ryder's former club. He scored four goals in the series as the Bruins made quick work of Montreal, sweeping them in four straight games. Ryder was then held to only one goal during the Bruins seven game Conference semi-finals loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ryder won his first ever Stanley Cup on June 15, 2011, when the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7. With the victory, Ryder became the second native of Newfoundland and Labrador to win a Stanley Cup championship, behind Daniel Cleary of Harbour Grace, who accomplished the feat with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.
Return to MontrealEdit
During his second year with the Stars in the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Ryder was traded back to the Montreal Canadiens, along with a third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Erik Cole.
New Jersey DevilsEdit
On July 5, 2013, Ryder signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. Due to the Devils policy under Lou Lamoriello of numbers above 40 being prohibited, Ryder switched from wearing sweater 73 to 17 during his tenure with the club.
After starting strongly in the 2013–14 season with 16 goals, Ryder struggled in the second half of the season, with only 2 goals after January 11, 2014. In the following season, he scored only six goals and was not resigned.
End of careerEdit
Ryder's 237 goals and 484 total points in the NHL are records for players born in Newfoundland and Labrador, making him one of the province's most successful hockey players ever.
|2000–01||Tallahassee Tiger Sharks||ECHL||5||4||5||9||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Mississippi Sea Wolves||ECHL||20||14||13||27||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||18||16||34||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||47||6||13||19||30||—||—||—||—||—|
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