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Born May 10, 1985 (1985-05-10) (age 24),
Regina, SK, CAN
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2003
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2005 – present

Ryan Getzlaf (born May 10, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Early life

Born and raised in Regina, Getzlaf started skating at the age of four and grew up playing numerous sports with his older brother Chris, who is currently a slotback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). While hockey was his main focus as a young athlete, Getzlaf also played organized volleyball, football and baseball. As a football player, Getzlaf played tailback. As a catcher playing baseball, he represented Saskatchewan at the 1998 peewee baseball nationals and earned several game MVP awards.[1] He attended high school at Robert Usher Collegiate (since closed) in Regina, graduating in 2003.[citation needed]

Playing career



Getzlaf was drafted into the Western Hockey League (WHL) by the Calgary Hitmen in the 3rd round, 54th overall, in the 2000 WHL Bantam Draft. After an 18-point rookie season with the Hitmen, he improved to 68 points in 2002–03. He was then drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1st round, 19th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Getzlaf returned to the Hitmen and played two more seasons with the team, including a junior career-high 75 points in just 49 games in 2003–04. In his final season with the Hitmen, he suffered a concussion after colliding with Red Deer Rebels defenceman Dion Phaneuf – the first major injury of his young hockey career – but returned to tally 54 points in 51 games.[1]


After Getzlaf's 2004–05 WHL season ended with the Hitmen, he was assigned to the Ducks' minor league affiliate, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs.

He made his NHL debut with the Ducks the following season, appearing in 57 games and scoring 39 points, including a two-month stint back in the AHL with the Portland Pirates.[2] Getzlaf made it to the Western Conference Finals with the Ducks in his first year, but they were elimated in 5 games by the Edmonton Oilers.

In 2006–07, Getzlaf played all 82 regular season games and scored 58 points. Centering the second line with teammates Corey Perry and Dustin Penner, the trio was dubbed the "Kid Line" (Getzlaf and Perry were both 21, while Penner was 24) and combined for 147 points.[2][3] Getzlaf helped the Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals where they defeated the Ottawa Senators for the Ducks' first Stanley Cup championship in team history. He led the Duck's roster in scoring in the 2007 playoffs with 17 points in 21 games.

Getzlaf faces off with Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks in 2009.

In November 2007, Getzlaf and the Ducks agreed on a five-year contract extension which will last through the 2012-13 season for a reported $26.625 million.[4] (Incidentally, the Ducks would sign linemate Corey Perry, to the exact same contract the following summer.)[5] Getzlaf responded with a career-high 82 points to lead the Ducks in team scoring. He was also named to his first NHL All-Star Game with teammates Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and Corey Perry,[6] scoring one goal.[citation needed] Going into the playoffs as defending Stanley Cup champions, however, they were defeated in the first round by the Dallas Stars.

Prior to the start of the 2008–09 season, Getzlaf was named an alternate captain along with Chris Pronger to captain Scott Niedermayer on October 7. Less than a month into the season, on October 29, Getzlaf tied a Ducks team record for most assists in a game with 5 in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings.[7] Getzlaf was named as a starter to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal along with teammates Scott Niedermayer and Jean-Sébastien Giguère,[8] registering an assist in a 12–11 loss to the Eastern Conference.[9] During the 2008–09 season, Getzlaf tied his career high in goals with 25, and scored a career high 91 points. He led the Ducks in points, and tied for sixth in the NHL in point scoring.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
ice hockey
Olympic Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2008 Canada
World Junior Championships
Gold 2005 Grand Forks
Silver 2004 Helsinki
World U18 Championships
Gold 2003 Yaroslavl

Getzlaf made his international debut with Canada West at the 2002 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Manitoba, scoring 9 points in 6 games. The following year, he was named to the national under-18 team for the 2003 World U18 Championships. He helped Team Canada to its first U18 gold medal with 4 points in 7 games.

Upon being drafted into the NHL, he competed with Team Canada's under-20 team at the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships. Playing on a highly talented Canadian team in 2005 that included Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf and future Ducks teammate Corey Perry, Getzlaf helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal. Getzlaf scored a goal and two assists in the 6-1 championship game win against Russia[10] and finished with 12 points in 6 games, second in tournament scoring to teammate Patrice Bergeron.

After completing his third season with the Anaheim Ducks, Getzlaf made his senior debut for Team Canada at the 2008 World Championships as the host country. He tallied 14 points in 9 games, as Canada finished with a silver medal, losing the gold medal game in overtime against Russia.

On December 30, 2009, Getzlaf was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. [11] Getzlaf helped Team Canada beat Norway 8-0 in the first game of the 2010 Olympics by scoring one goal. He also scored the first goal against Russia in the Quarterfinals.[12] In the gold medal game against the United States, he assisted on Canada's second goal, scored by Corey Perry. Canada went on to win the gold medal in overtime.



  • Awarded the Top Draft Prospect Award in 2003.
  • Named to the East First All-Star Team in 2004.
  • Named to the East Second All-Star Team in 2005.



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Regina SBHL 41 33 41 74 189
2000–01 Regina Pat Canadians SMHL 8 4 3 7 8
2001–02 Calgary Hitmen WHL 63 9 9 18 34 7 2 1 1 4
2002–03 Calgary Hitmen WHL 70 29 39 68 121 5 1 1 2 6
2003–04 Calgary Hitmen WHL 49 28 47 75 97 7 5 1 6 6
2004–05 Calgary Hitmen WHL 51 29 25 54 102 12 4 13 17 18
2004–05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 10 1 4 5 4
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 17 8 25 33 36
2005–06 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 57 14 25 39 22 16 3 4 7 13
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 25 33 58 66 21 7 10 17 32
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 77 24 58 82 94 6 2 3 5 6
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 81 25 66 91 121 13 4 14 18 25
WHL totals 233 95 120 215 354 31 12 16 28 40
AHL totals 17 8 25 33 36 10 1 4 5 4
NHL totals 297 88 182 270 303 56 16 31 47 76

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada West U17 6 3 6 9 14
2003 Canada U18 7 2 2 4 10
2004 Canada WJC 6 3 3 6 4
2005 Canada WJC 6 3 9 12 8
2008 Canada WC 9 3 11 14 10
Junior int'l totals 25 11 20 31 36
Senior int'l totals 9 3 11 14 10


  1. ^ a b "The life athletic with Ryan Getzlaf". CANOE. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Ryan Getzlaf Q and A". CBC. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ "2006-07 Anaheim Ducks (NHL)". Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Getzlaf, Ducks agree on contract extension". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Ducks sign Corey Perry to extension". 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Ducks' Niedermayer, Perry added to All-Star Game". Los Angeles Times. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Teemu Selanne scores hat trick as Ducks beat Detroit 5-4". LA Times. 2008-10-29.,0,7575883.column. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  8. ^ "Ducks voted to NHL All-Star Game". The Queensbury Rules. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Western Conf 11, Eastern Conf 12". ESPN. 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Canada wins first title in 8 years". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  11. ^ "Canadian Olympic Hockey Team: 2010 Roster Released". Huntington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  12. ^ Zupke, Curtis (2010-02-16). "Getzlaf, Perry score in Canada’s 8-0 victory. In the semi-final game against Slovakia, Getzlaf also scored the game-winning third goal, in the second period.". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 

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Preceded by
Joffrey Lupul
Anaheim Mighty Ducks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Corey Perry

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Born May 10, 1985 (1985-05-10) (age 25),
Regina, SK, CAN
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2003
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2005 – present

Ryan Getzlaf (born May 10, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a professional Canadian ice hockey centre that currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL) where he is the current alternate captain. He was the the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now Anaheim Ducks) in the first round with the 19th pick in 2003.

He played in the WHL for the Calgary Hitmen where he played four seasons.

Getzlaf won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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