Update: Looks like after one game, Lorenskog has released Ryan.
Ontario Hockey League grad Ryan Jardine is back in Europe for the 2011-12 season after spending 2010-11 with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League. Jardine had been in Europe since the start of the 2005-06 season before his one year return to North America. Ryan will begin the season with Lorenskog of Norway’s GET-Ligaen.
Ryan played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1997-98 to 1999-00, all with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Over his OHL career, he scored exactly a point per game with 198 points in 198 regular season games. In his final season, he was the team’s leader in goals with 43 and points with 77. Just five points behind Jardine was Josef Vasicek. Vasicek was a teammate of Ryan’s with the Greyhounds for 1998-99 and 1999-00. Josef was killed in a plane crash in Russia on September 7, 2011.
Jardine was taken by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 89th overall. Ironically, he was drafted just two positions higher than Vasicek. To date, Jardine has played just eight games in the National Hockey League, all with the Panthers during the 2001-02 season.
After five seasons in the American Hockey League with the Louisville Panthers, Utah Grizzlies and San Antonio Rampage, Ryan left for Europe. He played his first season across the pond in 2005-06 with the Hamburg Freezers of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Since, he has played in Sweden, Italy and Austria.
Jardine is joined on Lorenskog by another former Ontario Hockey League player, Kenny Corupe. Corupe is also returning to Europe after a season in the Central Hockey League. Corupe and Jardine were teammates with Bolzano in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio (LIHG) for three seasons from 2007-08 to 2009-10.