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Byron Ritchie

Byron Ritchie  #15

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NUMBER: 15 BIRTHDATE: April 24, 1977
HEIGHT: 5' 10" BIRTHPLACE: Burnaby, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: HFD / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 7th   (165th overall)
WHL East Second All-Star Team (1996, 1997) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1997) Rights transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Florida by Carolina with Sandis Ozolinsh for Bret Hedican, Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec, January 16, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Rogle (Sweden-2) September 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 3, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Minsk (KHL), May 21, 2009.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery