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Ryan McDonagh
Ryan McDonagh Rangers.png
Position Defense
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team New York Rangers
Born (1989-06-13)June 13, 1989,
St. Paul, MN, USA
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Pro Career 2010 – present

Ryan McDonagh (born June 13, 1989) is an American ice hockey defenseman with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. He played college hockey at University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Playing career

McDonagh with the Hartford Wolfpack in 2010 during a game

He attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota where as a junior he helped lead his team to the school's first state hockey championship. The following season he was awarded the 2007 Minnesota Mr. Hockey[1] award, which is given annually to the top senior high school hockey player in the state. He was drafted in the first round, 12th overall by the Montreal Canadiens on June 22, 2007 in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He also won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships.[2][3] He also represented the United States in the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[4]

On June 30, 2009 he was traded along with Christopher Higgins, Pavel Valentenko, and Doug Janik to the New York Rangers for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Michael Busto.[5]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States USA
Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Silver 2007 Finland

On July 6, 2010, he signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers, forgoing his senior season at Wisconsin and joining childhood friend and former Wisconsin teammate Derek Stepan with the Rangers.[6][7] After beginning the 2010-11 season with the Hartford Wolfpack, he was promoted to the Rangers on January 3, 2011.[8] He played his first NHL game for the Rangers against the Dallas Stars on January 7, 2011.[9][10] He earned his first NHL point for the Rangers with an assist on a goal by Brandon Prust against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 20, 2011.[11][12] On March 20, 2011, McDonagh was the victim of an elbow to the head from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke, who was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the regular season plus the first round of the Playoffs.[13]

On April 9, 2011, McDonagh scored the game-winning goal, the first of his career, against the New Jersey Devils,[14] to give the New York Rangers the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Awards and honors

  • WCHA All-Rookie Team (2008)[15]
  • WCHA Second All-Star Team (2010)[15]


McDonagh's uncle is former NFL quarterback Steve Walsh.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007–08 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 40 5 7 12 42
2008–09 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 36 5 11 16 59
2009–10 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 43 4 14 18 65
2010–11 Connecticut Whale AHL 38 1 7 8 12 +1
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 40 1 8 9 14 +16 5 0 0 0 4 0
NHL totals 40 1 8 9 14 +16 5 0 0 0 4 0


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007 United States WJC U18 Silver medal icon.svg 7 0 3 3 4 -1
2009 United States WJC 6 0 3 3 2 +5
2011 United States WC 7 0 1 1 2 0


  1. Minnesota Wild. "Cretin-Derham Hall's Ryan McDonagh Named Mr. Hockey", Minnesota Wild. Retrieved on 2007-04-20. 
  2. U.S. Roster for IIHF World Under-18 Championship Named. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  3. 2007 USA Player Statistics by Team. IIHF. Retrieved on 2011-05-13.
  4. 2009 USA Player Statistics by Team. IIHF. Retrieved on 2011-05-13.
  5. Montreal Canadiens acquire Scott Gomez from New York Rangers. ESPN (2009-06-30). Retrieved on 2009-07-01.
  6. McDonagh truly a happy camper. New York Rangers. Retrieved on 2010-07-07.
  7. McDonagh turning pro with Rangers. New York Rangers. Retrieved on 2010-07-07.
  8. McDonagh getting first shot at NHL. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  9. Rangers vs. Stars. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2011-01-07.
  10. Rangers never say die in win at Dallas. New York Rangers. Retrieved on 2011-01-08.
  11. Rangers Ward-ed off by a hot goalie. Retrieved on 2011-01-21.
  12. Carolina 4, NY Rangers 1. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  13. NHL suspends Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke for blindside hit on Rangers' Ryan McDonagh
  15. 15.0 15.1 National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books, 316. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 

External links

Preceded by
David Fischer
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
Succeeded by
Aaron Ness
Preceded by
David Fischer
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Max Pacioretty
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