Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ryan VandenBussche
Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Ryan VandenBussche played three seasons with the Cornwall/Newmarket Royals franchise in the early 1990s and was the 173rd overall selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. However, the Maple Leaf sweater he wound up in was not Toronto's but rather St. John's. His professional debut came with the baby Leafs, of the AHL, at the season's end of the 1992-93.

The New York Rangers signed rugged right winger as a free agent before the 1995-96 season. The Rangers assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Binghampton where he continued to play a hard-nosed game. The Simcoe native finally debuted in the NHL on December 13, 1996 in Buffalo.

The Rangers kept him on the roster for the beginning of the 1997-98 season until he was acquired by the end of the season by the Chicago Blackhawks. More seasoning in the minors took place over the next season before VandenBussche cracked the lineup in 1999-00. Vandenbussche went on to play parts of seven seasons with the Blackhawk organization, continuing to play a tough and physical game before being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Delhi Flames ON-Jr.D 3 1 1 2 2
1989-90 Norwich Merchants ON-Jr.C 21 12 10 22 146
1989-90 Tillsonburg Titans ON-Jr.B 24 0 5 5 113
1990-91 Massena Americans CJHL 10 2 3 5 46
1990-91 Cornwall Royals OHL 49 3 8 11 139
1991-92 Cornwall Royals OHL 61 13 15 28 232 6 0 2 2 9
1992-93 Newmarket Royals OHL 30 15 12 27 161
1992-93 Guelph Storm OHL 29 3 14 17 99 5 1 3 4 13
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 44 4 10 14 124
1993-94 Springfield Indians AHL 9 1 2 3 29 5 0 0 0 16
1994-95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 53 2 13 15 239 3 0 0 0 17
1995-96 Binghamton Rangers AHL 68 3 17 20 240 4 0 0 0 9
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 11 1 0 1 30 -2
1996-97 Binghamton Rangers AHL 38 8 11 19 133
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 16 1 0 1 38 -2
1997-98 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 15 2 0 2 45 -2
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 0 1 1 5 0
1997-98 Indianapolis Ice IHL 3 1 1 2 4 +3
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 0 0 0 17 0
1998-99 Indianapolis Ice IHL 34 3 10 13 130 -11
1998-99 Portland Pirates AHL 37 4 1 5 119 -12
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 52 0 1 1 143 -3
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 64 2 5 7 146 -8
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 50 1 2 3 103 -10 1 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22 0 0 0 58 0
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 4 0 1 1 5 +1
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 4 1 5 120 -10
2004-05 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 23 4 7 11 67 +1 11 2 2 4 11
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 1 0 1 42 0
2006-07 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 15 0 0 0 39
2006-07 New Mexico Scorpions CHL 9 0 3 3 29 +1
NHL Totals 310 10 10 20 702 1 0 0 0 0


Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 22, 1995. Traded to Chicago by NY Rangers for Ryan Risidore, March 24, 1998.
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to hand injury vs. Detroit, January 5, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 12, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Wilkes-Barre (AHL), February 17, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 26, 2006. Signed as a free agent by New Mexico (CHL), November 5, 2006. Officially announced his retirement, January 17, 2007.
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