Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Byron Ritchie
Byron Ritchie was born April 24, 1977 in Burnaby, British Columbia. The 6th choice, 165th overall selection of the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Ritchie is graduate of the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes.

After a 253-point season with the North Delta Bantam Selects of the BCAHA, Ritchie joined the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 1993-94 where he spent the next four years. A WHL East Second Team All-Star in 1996, Ritchie joined the Whalers AHL affiliate the Springfield Falcons following his 1995-96 season in Lethbridge.

Upon joining the Falcons, Ritchie played in six regular season and eight playoff games, scoring two goals and adding four assists for eight points. Gaining some valuable experience in Springfield, Ritchie returned to Lethbridge the following year and was once again a WHL East Second Team All-Star while leading the Broncos to the 1997 WHL Championship and a birth in the Memorial Cup. Although his team fell short, losing in the final to the host Hull Olympiques, Ritchie's strong play earned him a spot on the Memorial Cup All-Star Team.

In the summer of 1997, Ritchie had his rights transferred to the Carolina Hurricanes after the Hartford franchise relocated. That season, Ritchie was a member of the AHL's New Haven Beast where in his rookie year he had 31 points, before making his NHL debut during the 1998-99 season.

Although he spent the majority of the 1998-99 season in New Haven, Ritchie played in his first NHL game with the Hurricanes and played a total of three games during the season. Held pointless in his first three games, Ritchie returned to the Carolina line-up in 1999-00 playing in 26 games and earning his first career points (two assists). While he played in 26 games with Carolina, Ritchie spent the majority of the season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL.

After parts of three seasons with Carolina, Ritchie was traded to the Florida Panthers early in the 2001-02 season and split the next three seasons with the Panthers, the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters and San Antonio Rampage.

In the summer of 2004 Ritchie was acquired by the Calgary Flames. He would spend a pair of seasons centering the club's lines before he was signed as a free agent in the summer of 2007 by the Vancouver Canucks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 North Delta Selects Minor-BC 60 102 151 253 147
1993-94 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 44 4 11 15 44 6 0 0 0 14
1994-95 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 58 22 28 50 132
1995-96 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 66 55 51 106 163 4 0 2 2 4
1995-96 Springfield Falcons AHL 6 2 1 3 4 8 0 3 3 0
1996-97 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 63 50 76 126 115 18 16 12 28 28
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 65 13 18 31 97 -12
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Beast of New Haven AHL 66 24 33 57 139 -21
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 26 0 2 2 17 -10
1999-00 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 34 8 13 21 81 -19 10 1 6 7 32
2000-01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 77 31 35 66 166 -16 5 3 2 5 10
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 4 0 0 0 2 0
2001-02 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 43 25 30 55 38 +13
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 31 5 6 11 34 -2
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 30 0 3 3 19 -4
2002-03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 26 3 14 17 68 -8 3 1 0 1 0
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 50 5 6 11 84 -10
2004-05 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden-2 30 17 16 33 111 2 0 0 0 4
2005-06 Calgary Flames NHL 45 4 2 6 69 -2 7 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Calgary Flames NHL 64 8 6 14 68 +3 1 0 0 0 10
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 3 8 11 80 -10
2008-09 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 45 23 38 61 62 3 0 0 0 14
2009-10 Dynamo Minsk KHL 12 3 2 5 8
2010-11 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 53 23 21 44 72
2010-11 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 10 2 5 7 8
2011-12 SC Bern Swiss 47 22 21 43 50 17 2 12 14 18
2012-13 SC Bern Swiss 46 19 30 49 36 20 7 15 22 20
2013-14 SC Bern Swiss 43 11 16 27 84
2014-15 SC Bern Swiss 50 14 29 43 38 11 1 1 2 6
2015-16 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 16 3 2 5 2
2015-16 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden-Q 7 0 2 2 8
NHL Totals 324 25 33 58 373 8 0 0 0 10


WHL East Second All-Star Team (1996, 1997)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1997)
Rights transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Florida by Carolina with Sandis Ozolinsh for Bret Hedican, Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec, January 16, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Rogle (Sweden-2) September 25, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 3, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Minsk (KHL), May 21, 2009.
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