Ryan helps Team USA to Deutschland Cup

    The Golden Bears alum made his debut with Team USA

    By Matt Gutsch on November 13, 2013

    University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey alumnus Derek Ryan helped Team USA win the 2013 Deutschland Cup, which took place November 8-10 in Munich, Germany.

    The Deutschland Cup is an in-season international tournament, hosted by the German Ice Hockey Federation, which has been running most years since 1987. The 2013 edition featured teams from the host Germans, as well as Switzerland, Slovakia and the United States. The US team was comprised of 21 American born players who are currently playing professional hockey in the European leagues.

    Since moving on from the U of A, Ryan, who hails from Spokane, has led the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga in points (2012-13), and in 138 games played, he has tallied 71 goals, 95 assists and 166 points. He is second in league points this season as well. 

    At the Deutschland Cup, he skated in all three games for Team USA, as the red, white and blue captured the tournament title thanks to victories over Switzerland (5-4) and Germany (7-4). It was Ryan’s first time with the US national program. 

    “It was a great experience for me and my family, and we truly enjoyed every minute of it,” exclaimed Ryan. “It means a lot for me to be selected as one of the top US-born hockey players playing in Europe, and it was pretty surreal to put on the Team USA jersey for the first time. We will definitely remember this weekend for a long time, and I'm sure we will hang a few pictures of it in our house.”

    Named one of the Top 50 Spokane Chiefs in the past 50 years, after his WHL career Ryan joined the U of A Bears in 2008 and played four seasons with the Evergreen and Gold. He banked 86 goals, 121 assists and 207 points in 165 CIS games played, which places him 18th in all-time Golden Bears’ points. He captured a CIS title with the Bears in his rookie season (2007-08), as well as a silver medal in 2009-10. He was part of four Canada West championship teams (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11), and in his final season, he was named the Canada West MVP and a CIS first team all-Canadian after leading the conference in scoring and helping Alberta to the conference title.