Born March 17, 1987 (age 24) in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA
Left wing/center for the Anaheim Ducks
Bobby Ryan is the real-life version of Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. The man is incapable of taking an unflattering photograph. But that’s just on the surface. Ryan (okay, we’re not going to go into detail as to why his name differs so much from his birth name; you can read it here–bring tissues) started out with the minor-level Los Angeles Junior Kings and made his way to the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack for two years before Anaheim drafted him second overall in the 2005 draft. He spent a little time in the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, and joined the big guys for their 2007 opener against the Kings, played in the O2 Arena in London. That is where he scored his first goal! In 2009, still technically as a rookie (he bounced around between the Ducks and their new affiliate, the Iowa Chops, for various reasons), he scored a natural hat trick–the first for a Ducks rookie. His performance so impressed Anaheim that they signed him to a five-year contract last year.
Ryan has represented America in the 2006 World Juniors (4th place) and in the 2010 Olympics (silver, hence his nickname), scoring America’s first goal of the tournament against teammate Jonas Hiller. Awkward! Speaking of, the Olympics have provided fertile ground for the creation of funny sketches that aired during last and this year’s NHL Awards. There’s Ryan vs. Getzlaf part one and part two. Niedermayer! Perry!
Ryan had a good season this year: 82 regular season games, 34 goals and 37 assists, 61 penalty minutes; 4 playoff games, 3 goals, 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. Personally I [Emma] look forward to watching more Ducks games in future–I do want some Western Conference teams to watch and games I know will be televised a little later in the Eastern time zone.