Defenseman Inks Four-Year Contract with Cats
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with D Mike Van Ryn.
Van Ryn, 27, posted career highs last season in games played (80) and assists (29), while also tying a professional best with 37 points. He also placed second on the club averaging 22:35 in ice time and third on the team with a plus-15 rating. During the 2003-04 campaign, Van Ryn become only the third defenseman in Panthers history to score at least 13 goals in a season.
"Mike is a top tier defenseman who we are extremely pleased to have come to terms with on a long-term deal," said Keenan. "He is a fine ambassador of the game for the Panthers both on and off the ice. We look forward to his continued contributions to our team, as well as the South Florida community."
The 6-foot-1, 202-pound defenseman has played in 228 career contests scoring 23 goals with 64 assists and 168 penalty minutes. In two seasons with the Cats, the London, Ontario native has recorded 21 goals and 53 assists with 142 PIM.
Off the ice, Van Ryn was awarded the 2005-06 Sziro Jewelry Community Service Award for his involvement in the South Florida community. He was also the Panthers nominee for the 2006 NHL Foundation Player Award for Community Service and served as a guest coach at the Panthers summer hockey schools this year.