For the past few weeks I've been doing a player of the day feature. Today is no different. From the New York Rangers and part of Team USA, comes a player that can become the spark plug for Team USA at the Olympics: Ryan Callahan.
Ryan's junior career started while playing for the Rochester Americans of the Empire Junior B Hockey League (Empire League) for two years between 1999-01. He then moved on to the Syracuse Junior Crunch and Buffalo Lightning of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL). After his stop in the OPJHL he played 4 years of major junior hockey with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). During his stint with Guelph, he was named to the Third All-Star Team in 2004-05, the Second All-Star Team in 2005-06. During the 2005-06 season he was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the best overage player in the OHL.
After juniors he turned pro with the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL in 2006-07. There he was named to the AHL's All-Rookie Team by scoring 55 points in 60 games. He also was called up throughout that season to play 14 games, and 10 playoff games, for the New York Rangers. The following year, he started the season with the Rangers and played in the first 8 games until he injured his knee and was out for a month. After returning he was unable to score a goal in 16 games. The Rangers then sent him back to Hartford to work on his game. Fortunately for Ryan he was called back up after Brendan Shannahan (COMC) was injured. 2008-09 was Ryan's best season to date. For the Rangers, he played in 81 games scoring 22 goals and notching 40 points. He scored the game winning goal that clinched a playoff spot for the Rangers in the last game of the regular season.
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