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Born March 31, 1980 (1980-03-31) (age 29),
Bonavista, NL, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Boston Bruins
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft 216th overall, 1998
Montreal Canadiens
Career 2000 – present
Savard, Lucic and Ryder

Michael Ryder (born March 31, 1980 in Bonavista, Newfoundland) is an ice hockey player who plays for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League at right wing.

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Playing career

Montreal Canadiens

Ryder was drafted by the Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 8th round, 216th overall. He played for the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL and signed hockey agent Thayne Campbell before going to the Montreal Canadiens.

On May 30, 2003, Ryder scored the winning goal to end the second-longest game in American Hockey League history. His goal at 14:56 of the fourth overtime period gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 2–1 win over the Houston Aeros in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals.

In the 2003–04 NHL season, he played in the NHL YoungStars Game. He was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February 2004. He finished the season leading all rookies in points, powerplay points, shots, and goals. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout he played for Leksands IF of the second division of Swedish hockey. He reached 30 goals in back-to-back seasons after the lockout.

On April 7, 2007, he scored a natural hat-trick in the 2nd period against the Toronto Maple Leafs when the Canadiens were down 3–1. This was the most important game of the regular season since the Leafs, Canadiens, and the New York Islanders were vying for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and the game would determine which team would take the last playoff spot. Despite Ryder's effort, the Canadiens eventually lost the game 6–5.

The Canadiens fared better from another excellent performance from Ryder in a historic comeback against the New York Rangers on February 19, 2008. Ryder scored two goals and added an assist in a 6–5 win after the Canadiens were trailing by a score of 5–0. At the time, this comeback marked the only time the Canadiens won when trailing 5–0 in the team's 99-year history. Ryder was initially credited with a hat trick, however his last goal was later changed as it was determined that his shot went off teammate Mark Streit's leg before hitting the back of the net.

Ryder's contract expired on June 30, 2008 and he was not re-signed by the Canadiens organization, due in part to his scoring only 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points, the lowest totals of his career. He also played in only 4 of Montreal's 13 playoff games.

Boston Bruins

On July 1, 2008, Michael Ryder signed a contract with the Boston Bruins for 3 years worth approximately $4 million per season. It is thought that part of the reason Ryder signed with Boston was that Ryder has had nearly six seasons worth of play (three in junior hockey, one in the AHL and two with the Canadiens) under Claude Julien, the current Bruins coach.[1]

On October 9 2008, Ryder scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform in Boston's season opener against the Colorado Avalanche, a 5-4 Bruins victory. The goal coincidentally was Ryder's 100th career goal.[2] He went on to score 27 goals in his first season with Boston as the Bruins clinched first overall in the Eastern Conference. Their first round matchup was with the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens, Ryder's former club. He scored four goals in the series as the Bruins made quick work of Montreal, sweeping them in four straight games. Ryder was then held to only one goal during the Bruins seven game Conference semi-finals loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1997–98 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 69 34 28 62 -9 41 10 4 2 6 4
1998–99 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 69 44 43 87 +7 65 23 20 16 36 39
1999–00 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 63 50 58 108 +26 50 15 11 17 28 +6 28
2000–01 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL 5 4 5 9 +2 6
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 61 6 9 15 -5 14
2001–02 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 20 14 13 27 0 2
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 50 11 17 28 +17 9 3 0 1 1 0 2
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 69 34 33 67 +15 43 23 6 11 17 +7 8
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 25 38 63 +10 26 11 1 2 3 -5 4
2004–05 Leksands IF HA 42 34 27 61 30 32
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 30 25 55 -5 40 6 2 3 5 -4 0
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 30 28 58 -25 60
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 14 17 31 -4 30 4 0 0 0 +1 2
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 74 27 26 53 28 26 11 5 8 13 +4 8
NHL totals 388 126 134 260 +4 182 32 8 13 21 -4 14
AHL totals 180 51 59 110 +27 66 26 11 7 18 +7 10
ECHL totals 25 18 18 36 +2 8
QMJHL totals 201 128 129 257 +24 156 48 35 35 70 71

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