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Former Chief Derek Ryan Signs With Carolina Hurricanes

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by Spokane Chiefs Media Relations

SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Chief, Spokane native and Shadle Park High School graduate Derek Ryan has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes.

Ryan, named to the organizations Top 30 Chiefs in 30 Years, played three full seasons for Spokane from 2004-2007 and led the team in scoring in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007. The 28-year-old will be reunited with Bill Peters, the current head coach of the Hurricanes, who served as Ryan's coach in Spokane his final two seasons as a Chief.

"Derek is a skilled, playmaking center," said Ron Francis, the Vice President and General Manager of the Hurricanes. "He's taken a bit of an unconventional path, but has earned a chance to play professionally in North America after having success at every level in Europe. We're excited that he chose our organization."

Ryan totaled 15 goals and 45 assists (60 points) in 55 games for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2014-15. He was named the SHL's Forward of the Year and Most Valuable Player following the season. Prior to playing in Sweden, Ryan (5'10", 170 lbs.) spent three seasons in the Austrian league after completing a collegiate career at the University of Alberta after his junior career was over.


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