Terry Ryan (ice hockey, born 1977)

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Terrence William James Ryan (born January 14, 1977) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and actor. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens eighth overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft and played eight games with the organization between 1996 and 1999.

Terry Ryan
Born (1977-01-14) January 14, 1977 (age 44)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 8th overall, 1995
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1996–2003

Early lifeEdit

Raised in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Ryan started playing sports at an early age.[citation needed] His father, Terry Ryan Sr., played for the Hamilton Red Wings in the OHA before venturing on his own hockey quest that would see him play five years of pro hockey highlighted by a year in the WHA with the Minnesota Fighting Saints.[citation needed]

When the younger Ryan was 10, his second cousin Michelle Meger was killed in Edmonton by a drunk driver.[citation needed] Meger was in her early twenties when she lost her life. The families were so close that Ryan stayed with her parents in Edmonton when he was drafted to the NHL.[citation needed] He continues to advocate against drunk driving.[1]

As a youth, Ryan played in the 1990 and 1991 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Mount Pearl.[2]

In 1991, at 14 years of age, Ryan was invited to play Junior “A” hockey for the Quesnel Millionaires in BC for two years, where he won the Top Scorer Award and was selected as a member of the Rocky Mountain League All Star Team.[citation needed]

Playing careerEdit

Ryan was the third-overall draft pick in the major junior Western Hockey League bantam draft, by the Tri-City Americans. Ryan was named the Western Hockey League Rookie of the Year in ’93 and Most Improved Player in ‘94. The following year, he won the WHL's Plus-Minus Award, was named Most Spirited Player, and claimed the fourth overall ranking in league scoring (50 goals, 60 assists).[citation needed]

Ryan was selected 8th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected as the 1st choice of the Montreal Canadiens. His hockey career continued with the Fredericton Canadiens where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1998, claimed second in goals (21) and led the league in fights (34).[3]

Despite his high draft ranking, Ryan played only 8 games in the NHL over parts of three seasons, all spent with Montreal, failing to register a single point and suffering a career-ending ankle injury in 2001, ending his chances at returning to the big leagues.[4] Due to such a short NHL career, Ryan is often considered a draft bust. The majority of his career was spent in the minor professional hockey leagues. He signed in St John's in 1999–2000 to play for his hometown Maple Leafs, but was never signed by Toronto themselves due to a contractual conflict with the Canadiens. In 2000, Ryan won the St. John's Maple Leafs Humanitarian of the Year Award; in 2003 he led the Orlando Seals with playoff goals (8) to help them win the league championship.[citation needed]

Ball hockey careerEdit

In 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 Ryan represented Canada at the ISBHF ball hockey tournament in Switzerland, Pittsburgh, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Canada respectively. He led the team to a gold medal in ’03 and ’07, won a silver in 2011, and won a bronze medal representing Canada again at the 2013 Worlds in St John’s, NL, his hometown. In 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia, Ryan was Canada’s leading scorer. He also has two national ball hockey championships to his credit (Montreal Black Knights, 2008, and Newfoundland Black Horse, 2010). In 2016, he reached the provincial ball hockey championship finals.[5] In 2018, his team, Colonial Auto Parts from St. John’s, won the 2018 Canadian men’s masters championship, and his other team, Black Horse, took silver in the national ball hockey championships in the senior men’s A competition.[6]

Later lifeEdit

Ryan has played Newfoundland senior hockey with the St. John’s Capitals [7] and the Clarenville Caribous, who lost the 2014 Allan Cup final to the Dundas Real McCoys in overtime. He played with his hometown Mount Pearl Blades for two seasons, missing the playoffs both years. In 2006 he was named Top Scorer for the Avalon East League and the Newfoundland Provincial League; in 2007 he claimed the title of MVP and Avalon East Top Scorer. In 2008, he played with the Bentley Generals of the Alberta Senior Hockey League, winning a silver medal at the Allan Cup, and was named Top Scorer. Ryan is an avid baseball player in the summers,[8] suiting up for the Mount Pearl Knights of the St John's men's baseball league. He also swims laps at the local swimming hole behind Agnes Pratt Mercy Home in Rennies River.

Ryan works in the film industry and has appeared on several episodes of the hit CBC television program Republic of Doyle, playing small roles. He has also played himself in the OLN's "Road Hockey Rumble", and played Zombie #22 in Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" (2004). In addition to playing "British Soldier #1" (Episode 1) - (the first on-screen casualty in the Netflix/Discovery Channel television series Frontier, starring Jason Momoa in the lead role), in 2017 Ryan also had small roles in Frontier Season 2,[9] Little Dog (CBC), Caught (CBC), Schitt's Creek, and various short films. He wrote and played the lead role in a short film called "A Stand In" due in 2018.[citation needed] He has made multiple appearances on the hockey podcast Spittin' Chiclets and most recently appeared in the 8th season of the Crave/Hulu show Letterkenny as a hockey player whose Newfie chirps annoyed the native team bench.

Ryan, who has a bachelor of arts degree (Folklore/English), released his first book, "Tales of a First Round Nothing" in May 2014, which was well-received by critics. He is now also trying his hand at stand-up comedy and performed his second show to good reviews opening for Gerry Dee at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario on April 22, 2016.[citation needed]

In 2017, Ryan unsuccessfully ran for city council in Mount Pearl.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Quesnel Millionaires RMJHL 49 26 41 67 217
1992–93 Quesnel Millionaires RMJHL 29 31 25 56 222
1992–93 Vernon Lakers BCHL 9 5 6 11 15
1992–93 Tri-City Americans WHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5
1993–94 Tri-City Americans WHL 61 16 17 33 176 4 0 1 1 25
1994–95 Tri-City Americans WHL 70 50 60 110 207 17 12 15 27 36
1995–96 Tri-City Americans WHL 59 32 37 69 133 5 0 0 0 4
1995–96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 3 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Red Deer Rebels WHL 16 13 22 35 10 16 18 6 24 32
1996–97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 71 21 18 39 256 3 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 31
1998–99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 5
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 55 16 27 43 189 11 1 3 4 10
1999–2000 Utah Grizzlies IHL 6 0 3 3 24
1999–2000 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 1 0 0 0 4
1999–2000 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 50 7 17 24 176
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 8 0 1 1 36
2000–01 Colorado Gold Kings WCHL 31 15 25 40 140 8 6 4 10 34
2001–02 Idaho Steelheads WCHL 30 10 10 20 94
2002–03 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 12 1 8 9 58
2002–03 Orlando Seals ACHL 13 4 5 9 29 6 6 2 8 2
2007–08 Bentley Generals ChHL 20 17 27 44 37
2008–09 Corner Brook Royals WCSHL 22 17 30 47 14 6 1 2 3 9
2009–10 Corner Brook Royals WCSHL 23 9 21 30 16 4 1 2 3 5
2011–12 Mount Pearl Blades NLSHL 24 3 19 22 33
2012–13 Eastlink Cee Bee Stars NLSHL 23 8 11 19 50 5 0 2 2 0
2013–14 Eastlink Cee Bee Stars NLSHL 6 1 5 6 0
2013–14 Clarenville Caribous NLSHL 18 6 6 12 15 9 0 1 1 34
2014–15 Clarenville Caribous CWSHL 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Gander Flyers CWSHL 11 1 5 6 9 2 0 0 0 43
2015–16 Gander Flyers CWSHL 18 2 8 10 4 4 0 1 1 4
2016–17 St. John's Caps ECSHL 6 7 5 12 0
2017–18 St. John's Caps ECSHL 17 19 13 32 2
2018–19 St. John's Caps ECSHL 12 5 11 16 4 1 1 0 1 2
2019–20 St. John's Caps ECSHL 12 8 11 19 23 1 1 0 1 0
AHL totals 184 44 63 107 657 17 2 4 6 12
NHL totals 8 0 0 0 36

AwardsEdit

  • WHL West Second All-Star Team – 1995

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hockey player Terry Ryan apologizes for 'childish' comment after car towed in downtown St. John's | the Telegram".
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  3. ^ "Tales of a First-Round Nothing: My Life as an NHL Footnote|NOOK Book".
  4. ^ "'They just loved the water': Bodies of two of four missing fisherman recovered off the coast of Newfoundland | National Post". 2016-09-08.
  5. ^ "'They just loved the water': Bodies of two of four missing fisherman recovered off the coast of Newfoundland | National Post". 2016-09-08.
  6. ^ "Can you hear the buzz about Newfoundland ball hockey? Steve Power hopes you do | the Telegram".
  7. ^ "Hockey player Terry Ryan apologizes for 'childish' comment after car towed in downtown St. John's | the Telegram".
  8. ^ http://www.mpsportalliance.ca/userfiles/files/Terry%20Ryan%20Jr%20Full%20Profile%202012.pdf
  9. ^ "Hockey player Terry Ryan apologizes for 'childish' comment after car towed in downtown St. John's | the Telegram".
  10. ^ "Former Canadiens first-round pick Terry Ryan tries his hand".

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Preceded by
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
1995
Succeeded by