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Ryan Callahan
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Position Forward
Shoots Right
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
NHL Team New York Rangers
Born (1985-03-21)March 21, 1985,
Rochester, NY, USA
NHL Draft 127th overall, 2004
New York Rangers
Pro Career 2006 – present

Medal record

Callahan (with puck) and Joe Pavelski move up ice against Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Tournament

Ryan Callahan (born March 21, 1985) is an American ice hockey forward and captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Callahan played one year of high school hockey for Hilton High School. He began his junior career with the Rochester Junior Americans of the Empire Junior B Hockey League where he played for two seasons, 1999–2001, then moving on to the Syracuse Jr. Crunch and Buffalo Lightning of the OPJHL before moving onto a four-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) stint with the Guelph Storm, where he played alongside future Ranger teammate Daniel Girardi. Callahan turned professional with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he played most of the 2006–07 season.

Callahan received his first NHL call-up to the Rangers on November 28, 2006,[1] making his NHL debut on December 1, but he would only play in that one game before being sent back down to the Wolf Pack. He was called up for a second time on December 19,[2] but would again only play in one NHL game in that stint. Towards the end of the season, Callahan was called up for the third and final time on March 15, 2007, after scoring 35 goals in 60 AHL games, and he would stay with the Rangers through the postseason.[3] Two days later, on March 17, he scored his first two NHL goals against Joey MacDonald of the Boston Bruins. He scored his first career assist on March 21 and first career game-winning goal on April 1. He scored his first two NHL playoff goals in a 7–0 win in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Thrashers on April 17, 2007.

After scoring one goal in the first eight games of the 2007–08 season with the Rangers, Callahan was out for a month with a Grade two knee sprain.[4] He never gained his full strength back at the NHL level, going his next 16 games without a goal, so the Rangers sent him back to the Wolf Pack on January 7, 2008.[5] After 11 games in Hartford, he was called up on February 3 to replace an injured Brendan Shanahan in the Rangers' line-up against the Montreal Canadiens.[6] Callahan tallied his second career two-goal game against the San Jose Sharks on February 17. Callahan scored the game winning goal with 20 seconds remaining to help clinch the Victoria Cup for the Rangers during an exhibition game in Switzerland.

2008–09 was a breakout year for Callahan. On October 1, 2008, Callahan scored the game winning goal for the New York Rangers with 20 seconds left in the inaugural Victoria Cup. The Rangers defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk by a 4-3 tally.[7] In the regular season, he was third on the Rangers with 22 goals and fifth on the team with 40 total points during the regular season. Callahan was awarded the Rangers' Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for his hard work throughout the season,[8] and scored the winning goal in the team's playoff-clinching win in the final home game of the season. Callahan was re-signed by the Rangers on July 13, 2009.[9]

Callahan was named an alternate captain of the Rangers on October 2, 2009.[10] On January 1, 2010, he was named to the United States Olympic team, with whom he earned a silver medal in Vancouver.

Callahan suffered a broken hand on December 15, 2010 in Pittsburgh when he blocked a shot. He missed nineteen games while recovering.[11]

On March 6, 2011, Callahan scored four goals and one assist as the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0, simultaneously achieving the first hat trick, four goal game, and 5 point game of his NHL career.[12] He then suffered a broken ankle in the team's 79th game of the season against the Boston Bruins after blocking a Zdeno Chara slapshot in the final minutes.[13]

On September 12, 2011, at the age of 26, Callahan was named the 26th captain in the history of the New York Rangers. Making him the fifth youngest captain in team history; and the first homegrown player to be named captain since Brian Leetch in October 1997.


  • June 27, 2004 — Drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round, 127th overall.
  • September 12, 2011 - Named the 26th team captain of the Rangers. [15]


  • 2004–05: Third All-Star Team (OHL)
  • 2005–06: Second All-Star Team (OHL)
  • 2005–06: Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (OHL)
  • 2006–07: All-Rookie Team (AHL)
  • 2008-09: Extra Effort Award (NHL)

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Syracuse Jr. Crunch OPJHL 3 4 2 6 0
2001–02 Buffalo Lightning OPJHL 47 13 23 36 75
2002–03 Guelph Storm OHL 59 14 17 31 47 11 0 3 3 2
2003–04 Guelph Storm OHL 68 36 32 68 86 22 13 8 21 20
2004–05 Guelph Storm OHL 60 28 26 54 108 4 1 1 2 6
2005–06 Guelph Storm OHL 62 52 32 84 126 13 7 17 24 20
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 60 35 20 55 74
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 14 4 2 6 9 10 2 1 3 6
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 7 8 15 27
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 52 8 5 13 31 10 2 2 4 10
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 81 22 18 40 45 7 2 0 2 4
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 77 19 18 37 48
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 60 23 25 48 46
NHL totals 284 76 68 144 179 27 6 3 9 20


  1. Berlet, Bruce. "Callahan Gets Call to Join Rangers", Hartford Courant, 2006-11-29. Retrieved on 2008-02-17. Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. 
  2. Dellapina, John. "Shanahan, Lundqvist Latest Flu Victims", Daily News, 2006-12-19. Retrieved on 2008-02-17. 
  3. Zinser, Lynn. "Two Rangers Rookies Are Providing Exuberance Amid Experience", The New York Times, 2007-04-22. Retrieved on 2008-02-17. 
  4. "Rangers RW Ryan Callahan out indefinitely with sprained knee", Associated Press, 2007-10-24. Retrieved on 2008-02-17. 
  5. New York Rangers (2008-01-07). Dawes, Moore recalled from Hartford. Press release. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
  6. Zipay, Steve. "Rangers rally to beat Canadiens, 5-3", Newsday, 2008-02-04. Retrieved on 2008-02-17. 
  7. IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time, Szymon Szemberg and Andrew Podnieks, p. 173, Fenn Publishing, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4
  10. Brooks, Larry. "Rangers name Callahan only alternate captain", New York Post, October 2, 2009. 
  11. Cerny, Jim. Cally, Dubi make point of strong returns. New York Retrieved on 7 March 2011.
  12. Cerny, Jim. Rangers give Flyers big-time payback. New York Retrieved on 7 March 2011.
  13. Lozo, Dave. Rangers lose Callahan to fractured leg. Retrieved on 5 April 2011.
  14. Klein, Jeff Z.. "Callahan and Rangers Avoid Bitterness of Arbitration", The New York Times, July 27, 2011. 
  15. Template error: argument title is required. 

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