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Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh
Born (1989-06-13) June 13, 1989
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Barys Astana
National team  United States
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2010–present

Ryan Patrick McDonagh (born June 13, 1989) is an American ice hockey defenseman who is the captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. He played college hockey for the Badgers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He competes internationally for the United States and was a member of the men's hockey team at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Playing career

Ryan McDonagh attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota where as a junior he helped lead his team to the school's first state hockey championship. The following season he was awarded the 2007 Minnesota Mr. Hockey[1] award, which is given annually to the top senior high school hockey player in the state. He was drafted in the first round, 12th overall by the Montreal Canadiens on June 22, 2007, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He also won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships.[2][3] He also represented the United States in the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[4]

On June 30, 2009, his rights were traded along with Christopher Higgins, Pavel Valentenko, and Doug Janik to the New York Rangers for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Michael Busto.[5]

On July 6, 2010, he signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers, forgoing his senior season at Wisconsin and joining childhood friend and former Wisconsin teammate Derek Stepan with the Rangers.[6][7] After beginning the 2010-11 season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, he was promoted to the Rangers on January 3, 2011.[8] He played his first NHL game for the Rangers against the Dallas Stars on January 7, 2011.[9][10] He earned his first NHL point for the Rangers with an assist on a goal by Brandon Prust against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 20, 2011.[11][12] On March 20, 2011, McDonagh was the victim of an elbow to the head from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke, who was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the regular season plus the first round of the Playoffs.[13]

On April 9, 2011, McDonagh scored the game-winning goal, the first of his career, against the New Jersey Devils,[14] to give the New York Rangers the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, McDonagh signed a contract with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He became the first American NHL player to join the KHL because of the lockout.[15]

On July 8, 2013, McDonagh re-signed with the Rangers to a six-year contract worth $28.2 million.[16]

On October 6, 2014, McDonagh was named the captain of the Rangers, becoming the 27th in team history. Martin St. Louis, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan were named alternates.


On July 19, 2013 McDonagh married long time girlfriend Kaylee Keys at Our Lady of Victory Chapel in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[17] Former NFL quarterback Steve Walsh is McDonagh's uncle.[18]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 40 5 7 12 42
2008–09 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 36 5 11 16 59
2009–10 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 43 4 14 18 65
2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 38 1 7 8 12
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 40 1 8 9 14 5 0 0 0 4
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 82 7 25 32 44 20 0 4 4 11
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 10 0 3 3 6
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 47 4 15 19 22 12 1 3 4 6
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 77 14 29 43 36 25 4 13 17 8
NHL totals 246 26 77 103 116 62 5 20 25 29
Medal record
Competitor for USA
Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Silver 2007 Finland


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WJC U18 2nd 7 0 3 3 4
2009 United States WJC 5th 6 0 3 3 2
2011 United States WC 8th 7 0 1 1 2
2014 United States OG 4th 6 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 13 0 6 6 6
Senior totals 13 1 2 3 2

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2007–08 [19]
All-WCHA Second Team 2009–10 [19]
New York Rangers Team MVP 2014


  1. ^ Minnesota Wild. "Cretin-Derham Hall's Ryan McDonagh Named Mr. Hockey".  
  2. ^ "U.S. Roster for IIHF World Under-18 Championship Named". Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "2007 USA Player Statistics by Team". IIHF. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  4. ^ "2009 USA Player Statistics by Team". IIHF. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Montreal Canadiens acquire Scott Gomez from New York Rangers".  
  6. ^ "McDonagh truly a happy camper". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  7. ^ "McDonagh turning pro with Rangers". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  8. ^ "McDonagh getting first shot at NHL". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Rangers vs. Stars". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  10. ^ "Rangers never say die in win at Dallas". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  11. ^ "Rangers Ward-ed off by a hot goalie". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Carolina 4, NY Rangers 1". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  13. ^ NHL suspends Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke for blindside hit on Rangers' Ryan McDonagh
  14. ^ Brooks, Larry (2011-04-10). "Rookie McDonagh nets game-winner for Rangers". New York Post. 
  15. ^ RIA Novosti (2012-10-11). "Ranger McDonagh First American in KHL Lockout Switch". Ria Novosti. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  16. ^ "Ryan McDonagh re-signs with NY Rangers, inks six-year, $28.2 million deal.". NY Daily News. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "New York Rangers Hockey Player Marries High School Sweetheart in Minneapolis". Style Me Pretty. 
  18. ^ Botta, Christopher (2012-02-04). "Rangers’ Super Sunday Will Kick Off With a Game Before That Other Game". New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  19. ^ a b National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 316.  

External links

  • Ryan McDonagh's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Ryan McDonagh's player profile at
Preceded by
David Fischer
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
Succeeded by
Aaron Ness
Preceded by
David Fischer
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Max Pacioretty
Preceded by
Ryan Callahan
New York Rangers captain
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