MICHAEL RYDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Birth: 1980
Place of Birth: St. John’s, Nfld.
Inducted: 2017 (Player Category)

 

The Bonavista product enjoyed an 11-year NHL career that saw him retire with a Stanley Cup ring and the honour of being the highest-scoring Newfoundlander to ever play in the league.

A 2011 Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins, Ryder — who last played in 2014-15 — retired with 237 goals and 484 career NHL points, the most of any Newfoundlander ever.

Four times Ryder hit the 30-goal mark, seven times scoring 20 or more goals.  He was a key contributor to the Bruins’ Cup run, tying for fourth in team scoring with 17 points in 25 post-season games.

After playing midget hockey in Newfoundland, Ryder was offered a tryout by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Hull Olympiques. He made the squad, and became a 50-goal scorer.

In 1998, following his rookie season in the Q, the Montreal Canadiens made him the 216th pick of the NHL draft. Two years later, he played for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship, winning a bronze medal.

After bouncing between the AHL and the East Coast Hockey League for two years after turning pro, Ryder made the Canadiens in 2003-04. He would not play in the minors again.

That first season, the hard-shooting right-winger scored 25 goals and 63 points, and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

In addition to Montreal and Boston, Ryder also played with the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils, the team with which he closed out his career.