Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ryan Walter
Ryan Walter played his minor hockey in Burnaby, British Columbia before stepping up to the junior ranks with the BCJHL at age 15. After a brief stint in Langley, he established himself as a standout with the Kamloops Blazers and, in his final season, with the Seattle Breakers where he tallied 125 points in 62 games.

As a hot NHL prospect, Walter was informed ahead of the Entry Draft that he'd been selected 2nd overall by the Washington Capitals. Such advance measures were taken at that time to limit defections to the World Hockey Association.

As an NHLer, Walter proved himself to be an adaptable player. During his four seasons with the Caps, he played a tough, aggressive game, getting a solid share of points and penalty minutes.

In 1982, he was traded to Montreal where, in the presence of Guy Lafleur and Doug Wickenheiser, Walter adopted a more open, offensive style of play. In 1985-86, he reached the top of his personal goals list by winning his only Stanley Cup with the Habs.

After nine seasons in Montreal, Walter signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks in 1991. He put in his final two professional seasons there as a defensive specialist.

Since his retirement, Walter has worked as a television broadcaster with TSN and CTV.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Langley Lords BCJHL 62 40 62 102
1973-74 Kamloops Chiefs WCJHL 2 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Langley Lords BCJHL 52 32 60 92 111
1974-75 Kamloops Chiefs WCJHL 9 8 4 12 2 2 1 1 2 2
1975-76 Kamloops Chiefs WHL 72 35 49 84 96 12 3 9 12 10
1976-77 Kamloops Chiefs WCJHL 71 41 58 99 100 5 1 3 4 11
1977-78 Seattle Breakers WCJHL 62 54 71 125 148
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 6 5 3 8 4
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 69 28 28 56 70 -1
1978-79 Canada WEC-A 8 4 1 5 4
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 80 24 42 66 106 -1
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 80 24 44 68 150 -9
1980-81 Canada WEC-A 8 0 1 1 2
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 78 38 49 87 142 -3
1981-82 Canada WEC-A 4 1 3 4 0
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 29 46 75 40 +15 3 0 0 0 11
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 20 29 49 83 -11 15 2 1 3 4
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 19 19 38 59 -18 12 2 7 9 13
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 15 34 49 45 -9 5 0 1 1 2
1986-87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 23 23 46 34 -6 17 7 12 19 10
1987-88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 13 23 36 39 +12 11 2 4 6 6
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 14 17 31 48 +23 21 3 5 8 6
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 8 16 24 59 +4 11 0 2 2 0
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 2 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 0 1 1 12 -3 5 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 6 11 17 49 +6 13 0 3 3 8
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 25 3 0 3 10 -2
NHL Totals 1003 264 382 646 946 113 16 35 51 62


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1978)
WCJHL - Player of the Year (1978)
Bud Man of the Year Award (1992) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983)
Traded to Montreal by Washington with Rick Green for Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin, September 9, 1982.
Missed majority of 1990-91 due to wrist injury vs. Hartford, October 13, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 26, 1991.
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