Ryan G. Callahan (born March 21, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently under contract to the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He served as captain of the Rangers from 2011 until he was traded to the Lightning in 2014. Additionally, he has represented the United States in Olympic and international play.
Callahan with the Tampa Bay Lightning in March 2014
March 21, 1985|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
|National team||United States|
127th overall, 2004|
New York Rangers
Callahan played one year of high school ice hockey for Hilton High School. He then began his junior career with the Rochester Junior Americans of the Empire Junior B Hockey League, where he played for two seasons, 1999 to 2001. He then played with the Syracuse Jr. Crunch and Buffalo Lightning of the OPJHL before moving on to a four-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) stint with the Guelph Storm, where he played alongside future Ranger teammate Dan Girardi. Callahan turned professional with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he played most of the 2006–07 season.
New York RangersEdit
Callahan received his first NHL call-up to the Rangers on November 28, 2006, making his NHL debut on December 1, but he would only play in that one game before being sent back down to the Wolf Pack. He was called up for a second time on December 19, but would again only play in one NHL game in that stint. Toward the end of the season, Callahan was called up for the third and final time on March 15, 2007, after scoring 35 goals in 60 AHL games, and he would stay with the Rangers through the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. Two days later, on March 17, he scored his first two NHL goals against Joey MacDonald of the Boston Bruins. He scored his first career assist on March 21 and first career game-winning goal on April 1. He scored his first two NHL playoff goals in a 7–0 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Atlanta Thrashers on April 17, 2007.
After scoring one goal in the first eight games of the 2007–08 season with the Rangers, Callahan was out for a month with a grade two knee sprain. He did not quickly regain his strength at the NHL level, going his next 16 games without a goal, prompting the Rangers to send him back to the Wolf Pack on January 7, 2008. After 11 games in Hartford, he was called up on February 3 to replace an injured Brendan Shanahan in the Rangers' line-up against the Montreal Canadiens. Callahan tallied his second career two-goal game against the San Jose Sharks on February 17.
The following season, 2008–09, was Callahan's breakout year. On October 1, 2008, he scored the game-winning goal for the Rangers with 20 seconds left in the inaugural Victoria Cup; the Rangers defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk by a 4–3 tally. In the regular season, he was third on the Rangers with 22 goals and fifth on the team with 40 total points. Callahan was also awarded the Rangers' Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for his hard work throughout the season, and scored the winning goal in the team's playoff-clinching win in the final home game of the season. In the subsequent off-season, on July 13, 2009, Callahan was re-signed by the Rangers.
Callahan was named an alternate captain of the Rangers on October 2, 2009, to begin the 2009–10 season. He suffered a broken hand on December 15, 2010, in Pittsburgh when he blocked a shot. He missed 19 games while recovering.
On March 6, 2011, Callahan scored four goals and one assist as the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7–0, simultaneously achieving the first hat-trick, four-goal game and five-point game of his NHL career. He then suffered a broken ankle in the team's 79th game of the season against the Boston Bruins after blocking a Zdeno Chára slapshot in the final minutes.
On September 12, 2011, at the age of 26, Callahan was named the 26th captain in the history of the New York Rangers. He became the fifth-youngest captain in team history and the first homegrown captain since Brian Leetch in October 1997. Callahan was also the first native of the State of New York to serve as the Rangers' team captain. On February 11, 2012, Callahan scored his second hat-trick against the Philadelphia Flyers.
On February 25, 2012, Callahan scored his 100th career NHL goal, which came in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. In the 2012 playoffs, he led the Rangers to their first Conference Final appearance since 1997; he also scored the first and last goals of the Rangers post-season as New York eventually fell to the New Jersey Devils in six games.
During the 2013–14 season, contract extension talks with the Rangers stalled, as the two parties were apparently $500,000 per season apart for six years – Callahan was asking $39 million for six years while New York was firm at $36 million for six years.
Tampa Bay LightningEdit
On March 5, 2014, the Tampa Bay Lightning traded captain Martin St. Louis and a second-round draft pick in 2015 (conditional at the time of the trade) to the New York Rangers in exchange for Callahan, a first-round pick in 2015, a conditional second-round pick in 2014 (which later became a first-round pick), and a seventh-round pick in 2015 (conditional at the time of the trade). Both of the first-round draft picks that were acquired by the Lightning in the trade were later traded to the New York Islanders. On June 25, 2014, five days before free agency was to begin, Callahan signed a six-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $5.8 million to stay with the Lightning.
On May 11, 2015, during the 2015 playoffs, Callahan underwent an emergency appendectomy. He missed Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens as a result of the procedure. Just five days after having surgery, however, Callahan returned to the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against his former team, the New York Rangers. The Lightning eventually defeated the Rangers in seven games. After the Lightning defeated the Rangers, the team would move on to the Stanley Cup Final where they were defeated in six games by the eventual Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks.
On June 21, 2016, Callahan had surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip. Callahan was expected to be out for at least five months. Callahan had been dealing with the injury since the end of the regular season and throughout the playoffs as the Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. Due to the injury, Callahan did not participate in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.
On January 15, 2017, the Lightning announced that Callahan was expected to miss four weeks with a lower body injury. Callahan continued to be bothered by his hip, which he had surgically repaired in the off-season. After making his initial return in November, Callahan was limited to only 18 games before missing more time. On February 22, 2017, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman announced that Callahan had a follow-up procedure on his right hip in New York City. Yzerman said the doctors figured out what was causing the discomfort in Callahan's hip since having it surgically repaired in June. Yzerman said the labrum remains intact, and it is more of a scar tissue issue. It is not expected to be a career-threatening issue. On October 6, 2017, Callahan returned to the Lightning lineup for the first time since undergoing surgery.
On December 14, 2017, Callahan suffered an upper-body injury against the Arizona Coyotes. The following day, the team announced that Callahan was out indefinitely, and that he would be reevaluated in another three-to-four weeks.
On June 20, 2019, it was announced that Callahan was diagnosed with degenerative back disease and has been placed on long-term injured reserve, effectively ending his professional career. With one season remaining on his initial 6-year deal, Callahan's contract was traded by the Lightning, along with a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Mike Condon and a 2020 sixth-round pick on July 30, 2019.
Callahan (with puck) and Joe Pavelski move up ice against Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
|Representing United States|
On January 1, 2010, Callahan was named to the Team USA roster for participation at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, with which he earned a silver medal with, falling to Canada in the tournament final.
On May 27, 2016, Team USA named Callahan to its 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster. Callahan was named as part of the final seven selections to fill out the reminder of the World Cup roster. Due to a labral tear in his hip, Callahan missed the World Cup.
On September 16, 2016, the Ryan Callahan Foundation announced their new website and that it will begin their mission to provide moments of family unity to those battling pediatric cancer. The foundation is composed of three elements; Cally's crew, the "2-4" Club, and direct funding efforts to support local and independent cancer foundations in search of a cure. The aim of Cally's Crew is to afford patients and families undergoing pediatric cancer treatment the chance to attend a Tampa Bay Lightning home game in the Ryan Callahan Foundation's suite at Amalie Arena. The "2-4" club functions as a Make-a-Wish style program that provides families with the opportunity to escape cancer treatments with an all-expense paid trip, experience, or excursion on a monthly basis. Families undergoing treatment will share their stories via the Ryan Callahan Foundation website in order to promote a community of strength and togetherness. From these postings, the foundation will select monthly recipients of the "2-4" club escapes. With respect to the support of local and national charities, the foundation will use monetary funding and also raise awareness for other campaigns to accelerate the timeline towards the elimination of pediatric cancer.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2000–01||Syracuse Jr. Crunch||OPJHL||3||4||2||6||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||60||35||20||55||74||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||14||4||2||6||9||10||2||1||3||6|
|2007–08||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||11||7||8||15||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||52||8||5||13||31||10||2||2||4||10|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||81||22||18||40||45||7||2||0||2||4|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||77||19||18||37||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||60||23||25||48||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||76||29||25||54||61||20||6||4||10||12|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||45||16||15||31||12||12||2||3||5||6|
|2013–14||New York Rangers||NHL||45||11||14||25||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||20||6||5||11||8||4||0||0||0||0|
|2014–15||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||77||24||30||54||41||26||2||6||8||14|
|2015–16||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||73||10||18||28||45||16||2||2||4||29|
|2016–17||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||18||2||2||4||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||67||5||13||18||29||15||2||1||3||4|
|2018–19||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||52||7||10||17||14||2||0||0||0||4|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Third All-Star Team||2005|
|Second All-Star Team||2006|
|Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy||2006|
|Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award||2009, 2010,|
- June 27, 2004 – Drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round, 127th overall.
- July 27, 2011 – Signed a three-year, $12.825 million with the New York Rangers.
- March 5, 2014 – Traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Martin St. Louis, a first-round pick (2015) and a conditional second-round pick (2014).
- June 25, 2014 – Signed a six-year, $34.8 million with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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