Daniel Ryder

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Daniel Ryder
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Born (1987-01-12) January 12, 1987 (age 35)
Bonavista, NL, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
AHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Quad City Flames
Providence Bruins
Las Vegas Wranglers
NHL Draft 74th overall, 2005
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2007–present

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Daniel Ryder (born January 12, 1987) is a Canadian ice hockey player who is currently a free agent having last played for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He is the younger brother of New Jersey Devils' forward Michael Ryder.

Early Life/Family[edit]

Dan was born and raised playing hockey in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada. He traveled all over the region to play in various tournaments and semi-professional leagues. He grew up with a supportive household. His extended family also lives in Bonavista. His grandfather Calvin conducted the welcoming orchestra for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the 90s. He is also related to American actor Matt Christopher Sutherland.

Playing career[edit]

Ryder was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the Most Valuable Player in the 2006 OHL playoffs, leading his Peterborough Petes to the J. Ross Robertson Cup, scoring 31 points in 19 games. He finished his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career with the Plymouth Whalers in the 2006–07 season. He then signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Flames.

Just six games into the 2007–08 season, Ryder was suspended by the Quad City Flames, the Calgary Flames American Hockey League affiliate, with head coach Ryan McGill stating he was no longer a part of the team.[1] This was after he showed up late to Calgary's main camp, after indecisiveness on choosing whether or not to play the season.

Daniel Ryder was heavily criticized for his indecision, and according to an interview with General Manager Darryl Sutter by the Calgary Sun, the door will not necessarily be open for a return to the team. However, in an interview with General Manager Darryl Sutter on the Fan 960 on July 3, 2008, Darryl Sutter stated that Daniel Ryder would attend 2008–09 training camp for the Flames.

Following training camp, Ryder was assigned again to Quad City and after 14 games was reassigned to the Las Vegas Wranglers. After four games in Las Vegas, the Calgary Flames suspended Ryder for a second time and it is very doubtful that his rights will be retained by Calgary.[2]

On February 27, 2009 Ryder signed on with the AHL's Providence Bruins team for a twenty-five game tryout contract. Daniel's older brother Michael was playing on Providence's parent NHL club, the Boston Bruins, at that time.[3] Daniel was released by Providence at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Armed robbery[edit]

On January 6, 2010 Ryder turned himself in to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after police issued a news release asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who allegedly committed an armed robbery at the Red Circle Convenience Store in Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador. He was charged with armed robbery, using a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offense, using a firearm in the commission of an offense, and theft under $5,000. According to a police report, he walked into the main entrance of a Red Circle convenience store with a white shopping bag and asked for cigarettes and informed the cashier that he had a gun.[4]

As of April 2010, Ryder was being held at the Waterford Hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, because he was deemed a threat to public safety.[5]

He was found "Not Guilty" on August 24, 2011.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Peterborough Petes OHL 63 20 32 52 16
2004–05 Peterborough Petes OHL 68 29 53 82 55 14 9 3 12 10
2005–06 Peterborough Petes OHL 65 38 44 82 57 19 15 16 31 22
2006–07 Peterborough Petes OHL 29 24 35 59 21
2006–07 Plymouth Whalers OHL 28 16 17 33 4 20 8 9 17 10
2007–08 Quad City Flames AHL 6 1 4 5 2
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 19 3 6 9 14
2008–09 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 4 0 0 0 15
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 20 1 5 6 4 8 0 1 1 0
AHL totals 45 5 15 20 20
OHL totals 253 126 181 307 128 53 32 28 60 42


  1. Ryder's future cloudy after he quits Flames
  2. Le Febvre, Jean (December 29, 2008). "Young Flames run hot and cold". National Post. Retrieved December 31, 2008.[dead link]
  3. Davies, Mike (February 27, 2009). "PETES PIECES: AHL club signs ex-Pete Ryder". Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
  4. "Daniel Ryder To Appear In Court". The Telegram. January 7, 2010.
  5. "Ex-NHL prospect still not fit for trial: report". CBC News. April 22, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
  6. "Ex-NHL prospect Daniel Ryder not guilty". CBC News. CBC.ca. August 24, 2010.

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