MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former ECHL All-Star right wing Michael Ryder.
The Cincinnati Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens of the NHL and the Calder Cup champion Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
The 27 year old had nine points (4g-5a) in five games with Tallahassee of the ECHL as a rookie in 2000-01 while also playing in the AHL where he had 15 points (6g-9a) in 61 games with Quebec. He was selected to the 2002 ECHL All-Star Game after scoring 27 points (14g-13a) in 20 games with Mississippi, but was unable to play after being called up to Quebec where he had 28 points (11g-17a) in 50 regular season games and one assist in three postseason games.
Ryder appeared in all 82 games for Montreal in 2006-07 and for the second consecutive season led the team with a career-high 30 goals while scoring 58 points.
In 2003-04, the 25-year-old Ryder was named NHL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News and finished runner-up in the voting for the Calder Trophy after leading NHL rookies with 38 assists and 63 points and tying for the rookie lead with 25 goals.
In three seasons in the NHL he has missed only two games because of injury and has 176 points (85g-91a) in 244 regular season games for the Canadiens.