Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Van Ryn
Mike Van Ryn was born May 14, 1979 in London, Ontario. The first round, 26th overall selection of the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Van Ryn was a highly touted prospect who opted to play collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan. Van Ryn went on to play two years at Michigan (1997-99), capturing an NCAA Championship in 1998 and was a two-time member of Canada's World Junior team (1998, 1999), before opting to join the OHL's Sarnia Sting for the 1999-00 season.

The London, Ontario native played one season with the Sting registering 41 points before signing as a free agent with the St. Lous Blues in the summer of 2000 after New Jersey were unable to sign the young rearguard. In his first season with the Blues organization, Van Ryn spent the majority of the year with the team's AHL affiliate in Worcester while playing in one game with the parent club.

Over the next two seasons Van Ryn would see increased ice-time with the Blues, yet continued to see action with Worcester before being dealt to the Florida Panthers in the latter stages of the 2002-03 season. Upon his arrival with the Panthers organization, Van Ryn was assigned to the AHL's San Antonio Rampage where he would finish the season.

In 2003-04, the former Michigan Wolverine played his first full season in the NHL, and went on to register 37 points (13-24-37). After a year off in 2004-05 due to the NHL lockout, he matched his previous point total in 2005-06. Over the next two seasons, Van Ryn was hampered by various wrist injuries and surgeries, and in 2007-08 after 20 games he opted to have his wrist surgically repaired.

The Panthers failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh straight season that year, and General Manager Jacques Martin vowed to upgrade the defensive core. As a result, Van Ryn found himself on the move to Toronto after Martin dealt the blueliner in exchange for Bryan McCabe and a fourth round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 London Nationals ON-Jr.B 44 9 14 23 24
1995-96 Canada U-18 5 0 1 1 2
1996-97 London Nationals ON-Jr.B 46 14 31 45 32
1996-97 Canada U-18 5 0 1 1 2
1997-98 University of Michigan CCHA 38 4 14 18 44
1997-98 Canada WJC-A 7 0 0 0 4
1998-99 University of Michigan CCHA 37 10 13 23 52
1998-99 Canada WJC-A 7 0 1 1 4
1999-00 Sarnia Sting OHL 61 6 35 41 34 -2 7 0 5 5 4
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -2
2000-01 Worcester IceCats AHL 37 3 10 13 12 -2 7 1 1 2 2
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 2 8 10 18 +10 9 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Worcester IceCats AHL 24 2 7 9 17 +8
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 0 3 3 8 +3
2002-03 Worcester IceCats AHL 33 2 8 10 16 -2
2002-03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 11 0 3 3 20 +2 3 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 79 13 24 37 52 -16
2004-05
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 80 8 29 37 90 +15
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 78 4 25 29 64 -5
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 20 0 2 2 14 -2
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 3 8 11 14 +2
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL
NHL Totals 353 30 99 129 260 9 0 0 0 0


OHA-B First All-Star Team (1997) Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, June 30, 2000.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Phoenix, October 5, 2000. Traded to Florida by St. Louis for Valeri Bure and Florida's 5th round pick (Nikita Nikitin) in 2004 NHL Draft, March 11, 2003. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to off-season wrist surgery and recurring complications. Traded to Toronto by Florida for Bryan McCabe and Toronto's 4th round pick (Sam Brittain) in 2010 NHL Draft, September 2, 2008. Missed majority of 2008-09 season and entire 2009-10 due to various injuries. Officially announced his retirement, July 26, 2010.
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