Ryan Carter was born August 3, 1983, in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He played two seasons at Minnesota State University - Mankato from 2004-06 before signing as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks on July 12, 2006. He totaled 93 points and 473 career games during nine NHL seasons with Anaheim, Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, and Minnesota. Carter has collected 12 points in 46 playoff games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. After ten seasons in the NHL, he announced his retirement from the NHL in September 2017. He currently works for the front office of the Minnesota Wild assisting with various projects and community initiatives.