Free-agent forward, and former Golden Bears Hockey star Derek Ryan has taken his talents back to the province of Alberta, as the UAlberta alumni signed a three-year contract with the Calgary Flames. The new contract will pay Ryan US$9.4 million over the three-year pact.
Ryan, who spent four seasons with the Golden Bears (2007-2011), is coming off a career best season with the Carolina Hurricanes in which he tallied 15 goals and 38 points in 80 games. Prior to the 2018 free-agency period, Ryan had only suited up for Carolina in the NHL, recording 28 goals and 69 points in 153 career games. He was also a member of the United States team who captured a bronze medal earlier this summer at the World Ice Hockey Championship.
Originally from Spokane, WA, Ryan joined the Golden Bears in 2007-08, helping the Bears to a University Cup championship in his rookie season. Over his four seasons with the Golden Bears, Ryan notched 58 goals and 146 points in 109 career Canada West conference games, and also helped the Golden Bears to four-straight Canada West titles.
Ryan will also be reunited with head coach Bill Peters, who coached Ryan with both the Hurricanes and in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs. Peters was named the Flames new bench boss in April.