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Ryan McDonagh
Born June 13, 1989 (1989-06-13) (age 32)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Barys Astana
National team  United States
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2010–present

Ryan McDonagh (born Ryan Patrick McDonagh on June 13, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for and serving as the captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted in the first round (12th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[]

Amateur Playing Career[]

Ryan attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint 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 award (which is given annually to the top senior high school hockey player in the state).

He was drafted in the first round, (2th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens by the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He also won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships.

Two years later, he represented the Americans at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

On June 30, 2009, Ryan's rights were traded (along with Chris Higgins, Pavel Valentenko and Doug Janik) to the New York Rangers in exchange for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto.

Professional Playing Career[]

On July 6, 2010, Ryan signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers, forgoing his senior season at Wisconsin and joining childhood friend and former Wisconsin teammate Derek Stepan in New York.

After beginning the 2010–11 season with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack, Ryan was promoted to the Rangers on January 3, 2011.

On January 7, 2011, Ryan played his first career NHL game against the Dallas Stars on January 7, 2011. He then earned his first NHL point on an assist of a Brandon Prust goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 20, 2011.

On March 20, 2011, he 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 and the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

On April 9, 2011, Ryan scored the game-winning goal (the first of his career) against the New Jersey Devils, earning the Rangers the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Ryan signed a contract with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He became the first American NHL player to join the KHL as a result of the lockout.

On July 8, 2013, he re-signed with the Rangers to a six-year contract worth $28.2 million. He led all Rangers defensemen with 43 points in the 2013–14 season as the Rangers finished fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The team defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens en route to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings, where the Rangers ultimately lost the series 4–1.

During the playoffs, Ryan was tied for the lead amongst defensemen in assists (13) and ranked second in points (17).

For his season's efforts, Ryan was named the Rangers' MVP and the recipient of the Players' Player Award, given to the Ranger "who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player." He became just the second Rangers defenseman to hold both awards after Brian Leetch did so in the 2002–03 season.

On October 6, 2014, Ryan was named the 27th captain in Rangers history, filling the vacancy left by Ryan Callahan the previous season.

Martin St. Louis, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan were named his alternates. McDonagh became the fourth-youngest Ranger captain and 11th defenseman to hold the honor.

In his first season as captain, he led his team to the Presidents Trophy and were ultimately eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.

On May 30, 2015, after the Rangers lost the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay, it was revealed that Ryan had been playing the last three games with a broken foot.

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 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 38 1 7 8 12
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 40 1 8 9 14 5 0 0 0 4
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 82 7 25 32 44 20 0 4 4 11
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 10 0 3 3 6
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 47 4 15 19 22 12 1 3 4 6
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 77 14 29 43 36 25 4 13 17 8
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 71 8 25 33 26 19 3 6 9 8
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 73 9 25 34 22 3 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 390 43 127 170 166 84 8 26 34 37


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WJC U18 Template:Sica 7 0 3 3 4
2009 United States WJC 5th 6 0 3 3 2
2011 United States WC 8th 7 0 1 1 2
2014 United States OG 4th 6 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 13 0 6 6 6
Senior totals 13 1 2 3 2

International Play[]

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

Chris also competes internationally for the United States and he was a member of the men's hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Award Year
Minnesota Mr. Hockey 2007
All-WCHA 2007–08
All-WCHA 2009–10
New York Rangers Team MVP 2014
NHL All-Star 2015-16

Personal Life[]

Ryan has an older brother named Colin and a younger brother named Quinn. His uncle was former NFL quarterback Steve Walsh.

On July 19, 2013, he married long-time girlfriend Kaylee Keys at Our Lady of Victory Chapel in his hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota.