Ryan O'Byrne
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 07/19/1984
DRAFTED: MTL: 2003-79 overall
Traded to Colorado by Montreal for Michael Bournival, November 11, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Florida (ECHL), November 30, 2012. Traded to Toronto by Colorado for Edmonton's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Colorado selected Zachary Nagelvoort) in 2014 Entry Draft, April 3, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Lev Praha (KHL), September 2, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Swiss), July 7, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), July 29, 2015.
2011-12 SEASON
Appeared in a career-high 74 games, collecting seven points (1g/6a)…Led the Avalanche in blocked shots (141) and finished second in hits (180)…His 180 hits topped all Colorado defensemen…Appeared in each of the first 61 games to start the season…Scored his lone goal of the season on Oct. 20 vs. Chicago, his first tally since April 3, 2010 vs. Buffalo…Skated in his 200th NHL game on Oct. 22 at Chicago…Suffered a knee injury on Feb. 22 vs. Los Angeles, forcing him to miss six games from Feb. 24 to March 4…Was placed on Injured Reserve, Feb. 23 (retroactive to Feb. 22) and activated on March 6.

Appeared in 64 games with Colorado after being acquired from Montreal on Nov. 11…Tallied a
career-high 10 points (0g/10a) while finishing second on the Avalanche in average time-on-ice (20:24)…Led Colorado in hits (168), finished second on the club in blocked shots (126) and was third in penalty minutes (71)…Also skated in three games for the Canadiens, tallying no points and four penalty minutes…Between the two teams, O’Byrne combined for 179 hits and 131 blocked shots with an average ice time of 20:09… Made his Avalanche debut on Nov. 12 at Columbus, recording six hits and four blocked shots in 24:51 of ice time…Had an assist, a fighting major and was +3 on Nov. 15 vs. St. Louis…Missed four games due to facial lacerations suffered on Feb. 23 vs. Edmonton…Compiled a career-high three-game point streak (0g/3a) from March 11-16…Logged a career-high 25:43 of ice time on March 17 at Calgary.

2009-10: Spent the entire season with the Montreal Canadiens, appearing in 55 games…Suffered a lower-body injury on Oct. 3 at Buffalo, forcing him to miss 19 games…Returned to the lineup on Nov. 20 at Washington…Switched his jersey number to No. 20 after Émile “Butch” Bouchard’s No. 3 was retired on Dec. 4 vs. Boston…Scored his second career goal on April 3 vs. Buffalo, snapping a 99-game drought since his first tally on March 3, 2008 at San Jose.

2009-10 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in 13 of Montreal’s 19 playoff games…Finished third on the team with 32 hits during the postseason.

2008-09: Split the season between Montreal and Hamilton (AHL) for the second straight year…Skated in 37 games for the Canadiens, notching five assists.

2008-09 PLAYOFFS: Dressed in two playoff games during Montreal’s first-round series loss to Boston.

2007-08: Saw his first NHL action with the Montreal Canadiens, appearing in 33 games…Was recalled from Hamilton (AHL) on Dec. 5…Collected two assists in his first NHL game on Dec. 6 at Boston…Missed 16 games with a thumb injury suffered on Dec. 28 vs. Florida…Helped the Canadiens engineer their greatest comeback in franchise history with one assist and a +3 rating in a 6-5 win on Feb. 19 vs. NY Rangers…Led Montreal with a +6 rating in February…Scored his first NHL goal on March 3 at San Jose…Was named to the 2008 Canadian AHL All-Star Team roster for the AHL All-Star Classic as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

2007-08 PLAYOFFS: Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, appearing in four games with the Canadiens…Skated in his first career postseason contest in Game 4 of the ECQF at Boston on April 15.

2006-07: Appeared in all 80 regular season games and all 22 playoff contests for the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) in his first professional season…Notched the game and series winner for his first professional goal, Game 6 of the North Division Semifinals vs. Rochester on April 6…Scored the winning goal in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Final vs. Hershey.

2005-06: Named to the All-Ivy League First Team after leading all Cornell defensemen in scoring with 13 points (7g/6a)… Won the team’s Ironman Award for his ability to fight through injuries.

2004-05: Led Cornell University with 68 penalty minutes as a sophomore.

2003-04: Dressed in 31 games as a freshman at Cornell…Led the Big Red with 71 penalty minutes, finishing third in the ECAC in that category.

Established the Ryan O’Byrne Youth Sports Society, which focuses on giving back to the community by supporting under-privileged kids being involved in Sports…Hosted the 2012 Ryan O’Byrne Charity Camp for Atom and Pee Wee players this past August in Victoria, B.C.…All profits from the camp were given to KidSport Victoria on behalf of the Ryan O’Byrne Youth Sports Society…Participates in the Avalanche’s youth player clinics and “Team Fit” community program…Worked as a studio analyst for the NHL Network during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Spends his summers in his hometown of Victoria, B.C.