Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ryan McGill
The Chicago Blackhawks selected big, rugged defenseman Ryan McGill in round two of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, 29th overall. Many NHL teams were impressed by McGill's defensive abilities and his willingness to protect teammates was also a valuable attribute.

McGill began his junior career with the Lethbridge Broncos when he was 16. The franchise relocated to Swift Current in 1986-87 and boasted such big names as Joe Sakic and Sheldon Kennedy. Going into his third year McGill was traded to the Medicine Hat Tigers, who were the defending Memorial Cup champions. He certainly added some much needed muscle on defense and was an instrumental force in helping the Tigers gain their second consecutive Memorial Cup victory in 1988 when they defeated the Windsor Spitfires 7-6 in the championship finale. McGill returned for his last year of junior eligibility in 1988-89, but the Tigers failed in their bid to win a third successive national title.

McGill spent several years in the minors before finally getting the chance to play for the Blackhawks in the NHL when he was called up for nine games during the 1991-92 season. He was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in March, 1991 but was sent back to the Blackhawks in September. Chicago clearly had no long-term plans for McGill in their lineup and traded him again in February, 1992 to the Philadelphia Flyers. He played parts of three seasons with the Flyers, where his rough-and-tumble playing style was much to the liking of the boisterous Philadelphia fans.

In March, 1995 McGill was traded to the Edmonton Oilers but lasted just eight games. On April 5, 1995 he suffered a career-ending eye injury in a game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Soon after retiring as a player, McGill took an interest in coaching and landed a job with the WHL's Edmonton Ice in 1996. The franchise relocated to Kootenay in 1998 where McGill remains the team's head coach. In 2001-02 he led the Ice to the WHL championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup in Guelph, Ontario.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL
1985-86 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 64 5 10 15 171 10 0 1 1 9
1986-87 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 12 36 48 226 4 1 0 1 9
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 67 5 30 35 224 15 7 3 10 47
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 1 0 1 13
1988-89 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 57 26 45 71 172 3 0 2 2 15
1988-89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 8 2 0 2 12 6 0 0 0 42
1989-90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 77 11 17 28 215 14 2 2 4 29
1990-91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 63 11 40 51 200
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 7 0 4 4 6
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 2 2 20 +1
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 40 7 19 26 170
1991-92 Hershey Bears AHL 17 3 5 8 67 6 1 1 2 4
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 3 10 13 238 +9
1992-93 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 2 2 26
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 50 1 3 4 112 -5
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 0 0 0 13 0
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 8 0 0 0 8 -4
1995-1996
1996-1997 Edmonton Ice WHL
1997-1998 Edmonton Ice WHL
1998-2002 Kootenay Ice WHL
2002-2003 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL
NHL Totals 151 4 15 19 391


IHL Second All-Star Team (1991) Traded to Quebec by Chicago with Mike McNeill for Paul Gillis and Dan Vincelette, March 5, 1991. Traded to Chicago by Quebec for Mike Dagenais, September 27, 1991. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for Tony Horacek, February 7, 1992. Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia for Brad Zavisha and Edmonton's 6th round choice (Jamie Sokolsky) in 1995 Entry Draft, March 13, 1995.
Suffered career-ending eye injury in game vs. Anaheim, April 5, 1995.
Named Head Coach of Hartford (AHL), June 27, 2002.