Guelph Storm grad, Matt Ryan, has made the jump from Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) to Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL). Ryan played the past two seasons with Augsburger Panther of the DEL, a team that went to the league play-off finals this past season, only to lose out to the Hannover Scorpions. This upcoming season, Matt begins play with EC-VSV of the EBEL.
Matt Ryan played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Guelph Storm, 2002-03 and 2003-04. He played only 48 games in his first season after starting the season in the NCAA with Niagara University. In 2003-04, Matt netted 42 goals and added 35 assists while helping the Storm to a Robertson Cup championship and a Memorial Cup appearance.
Matt got to the big show during the 2005-06 season and played 12 games with the Los Angeles Kings. Mostly, from 2004-05 to 2007-08, Ryan played with the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.
EC-VSV looks to Ryan for his penalty killing skills. The team finished eighth in the ten team league in 2009-10. EC-VSV plays out of Villach, Austria, a city of nearly 60,000 residents located in the far south of Austria. The city is within 2okm of both Slovenia and Italy. The team plays out of the Stadthalle in Villach which houses 4,500 for hockey.
Matt Ryan’s profile page has not been added to EC-VSV’s official website yet, but you can find the news article about his arrival on the site. The article is in German. What follows is a rough translation using Google Translate:
Newcomer in Villach
Transfer news there was today for the EC VSV! The eagles were with Matt Ryan, an experienced DEL Center a contract.
The 26-year-old Canadian Matt Ryan Center will occupy the third position in the team of the EC VSV. “With Damon Kaspitz and we have occupied the first two lines already, Matt is a very good two-way player who also plays strong defensively,” said Giuseppe Mion.
The VSV-manager ran especially strong Penaltykilling stock and the technical capabilities of the Canadian show. The NHL-experienced center – 12 games for the Los Angeles Kings are in his bio – the last two seasons playing for the Augsburg Panthers.
The shooter began his legal career in 2001 at Niagara University and joined the team only one season later in the OHL with Guelph Storm where he won the 2003/04 championship. With good performance, he managed in the AHL (Manchester Monarchs), and then even made it into the NHL.
Welcome to Villach Matt Ryan!