Ryan Wilson
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
207 lb (94 kg)
NHL Team Colorado Avalanche
Born February 3 1987 (1987-02-03) (age 33),
Windsor, ON, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2008 – present

Ryan Wilson (born February 3, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

Playing careerEdit


Wilson first played Major junior hockey with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League. Ryan led the defense in scoring in the last two of his three seasons with the Majors, before joining the Sarnia Sting for the 2006–07 season. Undrafted but establishing as a hard-hitting offensive defenseman, Wilson was invited as a free agent to the 2006 St. Louis Blues training camp before returning to the OHL.[1] As captain of Sarnia, Ryan led the Sting's defense to be named to be named OHL defensman of the Month for October. After participating in the 2007 OHL All-Star game for the Western Conference, Wilson finished the season with career high 17 goals and 75 points to lead the OHL in scoring among defenseman and place third in the Western Conference coaches poll with the Hardest shot, Best bodychecker and offensive defenseman categories.[2]

Overlooked in the NHL Entry Draft, Wilson was invited to the 2007 Philadelphia Flyers training camp on September 16, before returning for his final junior season as captain with the Sting in 2007–08.[3] Alongside future first overall NHL draft pick, Steven Stamkos, Wilson led the Sting to the second round of the Western Conference finals finishing with a career high 64 assists and 71 points in 58 games as the leading scoring defenseman in the OHL for the second consecutive season.


Completing his junior career, Ryan signed as a free-agent to a three-year entry level contract with the Calgary Flames on July 1, 2008.[4] In the 2008–09 season, Wilson made his professional debut with the Flames affiliate, the Quad City Flames of the AHL. On March 4, 2009, he was traded by the Flames along with Lawrence Nycholat and a second round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for Jordan Leopold.[5] He was then assigned to affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, where he finished out the season.

Wilson started the 2009–10 season with the Monsters, before receiving his first recall to the injury stricken Avalanche on October 12, 2009.[6] Ryan made his NHL debut with the Avalanche in a 3-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on October 14, 2009. He recorded his first point, an assist, against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 23, 2009.[7] On November 17, 2009, Wilson scored his first career NHL goal in a 3-2 victory, fittingly against Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames.[8] Wilson remained with the Avalanche and quickly established himself as an aggressive open ice hitter, most notably gaining league-wide attention after delivering a big hit to New Jersey Devils star Patrik Eliáš.[9] In the following game against the Edmonton Oilers on January 18, 2010, Wilson was on the receiving end of a targeted hit and was sidelined by a concussion.[10] Ryan's rookie season slowed after sustaining a second concussion in the months following, however he finished the season to lead Colorado's defense in Plus/minus (+13) and place third in scoring with 21 points.[11][12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 58 3 22 25 88 18 3 7 10 16
2004–05 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 68 13 24 37 149 10 4 5 9 12
2005–06 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 64 12 49 61 145 4 1 3 4 12
2006–07 Sarnia Sting OHL 68 17 58 75 136 4 1 3 4 14
2007–08 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 7 64 71 84 9 0 7 7 19
2008–09 Quad City Flames AHL 60 4 16 20 56
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 8 0 2 2 25
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 3 0 0 0 17
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 61 3 18 21 36 4 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 67 3 13 16 68
NHL totals 128 6 31 37 104 4 0 1 1 0

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Ontario Hockey League
Third All-Star Team 2007–08


  1. Blues training camp preview. (2006-09-08). Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  2. Godfrey, Cuthbert recognised in OHL coaches poll. (2007-04-07). Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  3. Flyers reduce training camp roster. Philadelphia Flyers (2007-09-19). Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  4. Flames sign offensive d-man Wilson. Calgary Flames (2008-07-01). Retrieved on 2009-04-25.
  5. Frei, Terry. "Avs send Leopold back to Calgary", The Denver Post, 2009-03-04. Retrieved on 2009-04-25. 
  6. Avalanche recalls Ryan Wilson. Colorado Avalanche (2009-10-12). Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  7. Stastny scores two for Avs; Tucker taken off ice on backboard. CBS Sports (2009-10-23). Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  8. Avs douse Flames, jump atop NW division. CBS Sports (2009-11-17). Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  9. "Devils' coach OK with Wilson's big hit", Denver Post, 2010-01-17. Retrieved on 2010-09-07. 
  10. Avs' Wilson sidelined indefinitely by a concussion. The Sports Network (2010-01-20). Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  11. Ryan Wilson rookie rewind. Colorado Avalanche (2010-06-11). Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  12. Second Time Around. Colorado Avalanche (2010-08-23). Retrieved on 2010-09-07.

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