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Ryan O'Byrne | Defenseman | #23

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 234
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 3 (79) / MON

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Ryan O'Byrne has decided to hang up his skates and return to Cornell University so that he can complete his degree.
O'Byrne spent three seasons playing NCAA hockey for Cornell before turning pro. The defenseman went on to record five goals, 39 points, and 369 penalty minutes in 308 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, and Toronto Maple Leafs. His last NHL season was 2012-13. Since then he's had stints in the KHL, Swiss league, and Sweden. Sat, Jul 23, 2016 05:05:00 AM

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Ryan O'Byrne has signed with the Swedish League's HV71.

O'Byrne spent the previous two campaigns with Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland. He is a veteran of 308 NHL games.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 05:00:00 PM

Ryan O'Byrne has signed a two-year contract with KHL club HC LEV Praha.

He recorded 60 penalty minutes and 104 hits in 42 games with Colorado and Toronto last season. O'Byrne wouldn't have been any help in standard leagues this year, so his departure won't impact you on draft day.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Ryan O'Byrne scored a goal in his Maple Leafs debut Monday night.

He jumped into the rush and scored a nice feed from across the ice by Nazem Kadri. O'Byrne also posted two shots, three hits, three blocks and a plus-2 rating to fill a pretty solid night on the stat sheet.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Ryan O'Byrne will make his Toronto Maple Leafs debut on Monday.

O'Byrne was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round pick. He's a physical defender with 54 penalty minutes and 76 hits in 34 contests this season.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Colorado has dealt Ryan O'Byrne to Toronto for a fourth-round draft pick.

O'Byrne plays an aggressive style that coach Randy Carlyle appreciates, so he could be a good fit in with the Maple Leafs as a depth blueliner. In 34 games this season, he has posted 54 penalty minutes, 76 hits and 49 blocked shots.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 03:21:00 PM

Ryan O'Byrne will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's road match-up against Minnesota.

Coach Joe Sacco gave his reasoning behind the decision by saying, "He wasn't up to his best (against Edmonton). He struggled. He gives you everything he has, but sometimes you have to make a change that you think gives you the best chance to win and his play has dropped. It wasn't just the one game, it's been a few games. He's taken some bad penalties too at times. I talked to him about that and he knows that. When he gets back in the lineup, I expect him to be better for it." Greg Zanon will replace him in the lineup.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 02:45:00 PM

Ryan O'Byrne recorded a season-high 23:56 minutes of playing time on Wednesday.

The Colorado Avalanche have been leaning on O'Byrne more while Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson are sidelined. "You know my game. It’s not flashy. I want to be hard to play against," O’Byrne said. "Give the puck to the forwards, block shots, kill penalties. Whatever the coaches need from me I do, whether I’m playing 11 minutes or 21 minutes. We just got to start winning some games here." Even with the added responsibility, O'Byrne only has fantasy value in leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 08:54:00 AM

Ryan O'Byrne has joined the ECHL Florida Everblades.

O'Byrne has been serving on the British Columbia Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies' coaching staff during the lockout. "Helping coach the Grizzlies was a phenomenal learning experience to see how [head coach and GM] Bill Bestwick and [Grizz assistant coach] Craig Didmon handled things," said O'Byrne. "But at some point, you have to play some hockey. You can work-out as much as you want but nothing is like being in an actual game environment ... and I haven't played since April 7." O'Byrne signed with Florida in part because he wanted to stay in North America to help the NHLPA with the ongoing CBA negotiations.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 10:16:00 AM

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ryan O'Byrne has joined the British Columbia Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies coaching staff as an assistant.

The Victoria native is a member of the Grizzlies Alumni Advisory Board and will be asked to help mentor kids during the duration of the lockout. O’Byrne has very limited fantasy value.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 10:11:00 AM

Colorado defenseman Ryan O’Byrne will return to the lineup Thursday night in Nashville.

O’Byrne last played Feb. 22 against the Kings when he suffered a knee injury that landed him on IR. The 27-year-old defenseman is 1-5-6 in 61 games.
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 01:31:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have placed Ryan O'Byrne (knee) on the injured reserve list.

O'Byrne is expected to miss two-to-three weeks due to the injury. He apparently was hurt in his last shift during Wednesday's contest.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 05:31:00 PM

Ryan O'Byrne has sustained a knee injury.

O'Byrne is expected to be sidelined for two-to-three weeks as a result. He has six points and 47 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 02:52:00 PM

Ryan O'Byrne scored a goal for Colorado in a 3-1 loss Thursday.

It was O'Byrne's first goal since April 3rd, 2010. Matt Duchene and Joakim Lindstrom assisted on the Avalanche's lone goal.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 09:12:00 AM

Ryan O'Byrne has a good feeling about Colorado's new defensemen.

Jan Hejda, Shane O'Brien, Erik Johnson and O'Byrne — all of whom were playing elsewhere on opening night a year ago — average 6-foot-4, 233 pounds.The Avs also have 207-pounders Kyle Quincey​ and Ryan Wilson. "We have some size, some grit and some sandpaper back there right now, and it's going to be a lot tougher to play against us," O'Byrne said. O'Byrne is probably the toughest of the Avs' new tough defense. He blocked a team-high 16 shots and dished out 168 hits in 64 games with Colorado last season. He also had 71 penalty minutes.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 10:28:00 AM

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