Scott Barney is no longer the lone Ontario Hockey League grad on HC Valpellice in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio. Ryan McDonough has signed with the team for the rest of the 2013-14 season. McDonough, who played for the Sudbury Wolves and Saginaw Spirit, returns to the team he played for in 2010-11.
McDonough played four years in the OHL from 2004-05 to 2007-08. His first year was spent with the Sudbury Wolves and his final three were played with the Saginaw Spirit. The Wolves took him fifth overall at the 2004 OHL Priority Selection. He was drafted behind John Hughes (Belleville Bulls), Matt Corrente (Saginaw Spirit), Jordan Staal (Peterborough Petes) and Ryan McInerney (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds).
In 2005-06, Ryan’s 39 goals and 88 points led the Spirit. In his final year, 2007-08, McDonough led Saginaw with 45 goals and tied for fourth in the OHL with Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Ryan has played pro since 2008-09 in Germany, Italy and briefly in the ECHL. He played for Valpellice in 2010-11. McDonough tied for second in the LIHG in goals with teammate and fellow OHL grad Luch Aquino with both scoring 26. He also placed seventh in the league for points with 52.
Ryan’s past two years have been spent in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga (now known as DEL2) with the Hannover Indians. His 2013-14 season started with a tryout with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks. He was reassigned to the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL, playing eight games and adding an assist.
In his first year with Valpellice, Barney has been an offensive threat with 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points over 26 games. He is currently placed third in the LIHG for goals and fifth for points.
Scott played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1998-99, all with the Peterborough Petes. He was the ninth overall pick by Peterborough at the 1995 OHL Priority Selection. Two years later, he was a second round pick by the Los Angeles Kings at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, 29th overall. Barney has played 27 regular season NHL games with the Kings and Atlanta Thrashers.
Barney has been out of North America since 2008-09, playing in Germany, Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, South Korea and Italy.
HC Valpellice Bulldogs
26 games into the 2013-14 season, Valpellice sits fourth in the eight team LIHG Serie A1. In 2012-13, the team placed fifth in the ten team league over the 36 game schedule and reached the finals before falling to Asiago in five games.
Valpellice was promoted to Serie A1 for the 2009-10 season. 2012-13 was the deepest they have gone in the playoffs to date. The team plays home games at the Plaghiaccio Olimpico di Torre Pellice in Torre Pellice, Italy. The venue was built in 2005 as a secondary rink for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and seats 2,500.