Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | September 28, 2011

Man of the Day 9/28: Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf

Born May 10, 1985 (age 26) in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Center and captain for the Anaheim Ducks

Getzlaf is probably best known for his appearances in the quality goofy sketches he’s done with Bobby Ryan for these past two NHL Awards shows, but let’s look at the guy behind the gold-medal swagger. He started skating at the tender age of four, but did dabble in other sports when he was a kid. This was partly prompted by his older brother Chris, who plays with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. But Ryan seemed to try pretty much anything: baseball, volleyball, football and hockey too. He played junior with the Calgary Hitmen, honing his skills until Anaheim drafted him 19th overall in 2003. After drafting, though, he spent two more seasons in Calgary before being sent to Anaheim’s then-AHL affiliate the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (hey, I have family in Cincinnati!) for the 2005 Calder playoffs. For 2005-06, he made his NHL debut in a season that included a playoff run. But it was 2006-07 when he really started to shine. On the “Kid Line” with Corey Perry and Dustin Penner (since all three of them were under 25), he led in scoring during their playoffs run and of course Anaheim took home Lord Stanley too.

Also he shares meaningful embraces with Bobby Ryan.

Following the 2007 victory, the Ducks signed Getzlaf through 2012-13, making him a reliable presence for some time to come. Inspired by the new contract, he led the Ducks in team scoring again that following season. He also went to his first All-Star Game. For 2008-09, he became an alternate alongside then-teammate Chris Pronger and with captain Scott Niedermayer. Again he led the team in points and again he visited the ASG. Such a steady, quality presence made him obvious captain material and when the banana-peel-chucking Niedermayer retired, he was given the C in a vote by his teammates for 2010-11. Of course, he’s also represented for Canada, most notably in winning the Olympic gold, but also 2003 World U18 gold, 2004 World Junior silver, 2005 World Junior gold 2008 Worlds silver.

In this past season, he played 67 regular games, scored 19 goals, got 57 assists and spent 35 penalty minutes. In Anaheim’s shorter playoff run, he played 6 games, scored 2 goals, got 4 assists and spent 9 penalty minutes. He’ll still be flaunting his gold medal and blatantly refusing to recognize Bobby Ryan’s silver this fall, though!

Also, he's flexible.

 -Emma


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