Ducks forward Bobby Ryan
was named to Team USA’s Olympic squad today, bringing the club’s total to eight Olympians participating in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Ryan joins Scott Niedermayer, Ryan Getzlaf
, Corey Perry
, Saku Koivu
, Teemu Selanne
, Jonas Hiller
and Luca Sbisa
. The eight Olympians from the Ducks organization equals the most in the NHL (Detroit, Nashville and San Jose also have eight).
"This is, I think, the peak of athletics," Ryan said. "I thought about getting the call for awhile and what it would be like. The first sense you get is you’re a little overwhelmed. It really hasn’t sunk in for me yet. It’s a very surreal feeling.”Ryan Reacts to Olympic SelectionDucks Have Seven Other OlympiansNotes on Ducks Olympians
Ryan, 22 (3/17/87), becomes just the second Duck selected to Team USA in franchise history and could become the first Anaheim player to compete for the United States in an Olympic game. Former Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert was named to the 1998 Team USA Olympic roster, but did not play.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Bobby," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "The Olympic experience is something our players will never forget, and we wish all eight of our athletes the very best of luck."
Ryan will make his second career appearance for Team USA in international competition and his first on the Olympic stage. In 2006, the Cherry Hill, New Jersey native was selected to compete in the World Junior Championship. In seven games, he collected 3-4=7 points, finishing tied for sixth in overall scoring for the tournament.
Selected by Anaheim second overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Ryan is currently competing in his second full season (third overall) for the Ducks. He has 19-15=34 points with a +4 rating in 40 games this season. His 19 goals on the season co-lead the league among U.S.-born players (also Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone). The 6-2, 208-pound winger currently leads the Ducks in goals (tied for 10th in the NHL) and ranks third on the club in scoring. He reached the 100-point plateau (currently 55-46=101) in just his 126th NHL game. In 2008-09, Ryan was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie) after leading all NHL rookies by scoring 31-26=57 points in 64 games.
The entire 23-man Team USA roster was named following the Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
The other U.S. Olympic forwards are David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Callahan and Chris Drury of the New York Rangers, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks, Phil Kessel of the Maple Leafs, Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils, Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks and Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche.
The U.S. defensemen are Erik Johnson of the Blues, Jack Johnson of the Kings, Mike Komisarek of the Maple Leafs, Paul Martin of the Devils, Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings and Ryan Suter of the Predators.
Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Tim Thomas of the Bruins and Jonathan Quick of the Kings are the Team USA goaltenders.