Michael Ryder leads 2017 Hockey NL Hall of Fame class

Bonavista native among six individuals who will be inducted during June ceremony 

Published on May 2, 2017

Bonavista native Michael Ryder lifts the Stanley Cup in the air during a visit to Newfoundland after winning the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in this 2011 file photo. Ryder will be inducted in the Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador's Hall of Fame in June.

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Bonavista native Michael Ryder will be inducted into Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s Hall of Fame next month.

He was announced as one of six individuals selected for induction in 2017 today.

Ryder played in the NHL for 11 years and won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011.

He is the highest-scoring Newfoundlander to ever play in the league with 237 goals and 484 career NHL points.

He hit the 30-goal mark four times and scored 20 or more goals seven times.

During Boston’s Stanley Cup run, he posted 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 and made the team.

In 1998, following his rookie season in the QMJHL, the Montreal Canadiens selected him with the 216th pick of the NHL draft.

Ryder bounced between the AHL and the ECHL for two years after turning pro, finally making the Canadiens in 2003-04, a season in which he scored 25 goals and 63 points, and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Ryder also played with the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils.

Glenn Critch and Ed Kearsey will also be inducted in the Hall of Fame along with Ryder in the athlete category. Derek Clancey and Darryl Williams join in the athlete-builder category. The late Kevin Fagan will be inducted as a builder. 

Hockey NL will hold its Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Inductions June 10 in Gander. 

The additions will bring the number of Hall inductees to 166.