Goaltender Ryan Nie has left Germany’s DEL2 after four years with Eispiraten Crimmitschau to join the Braehead Clan in the United Kingdom’s Elite Ice Hockey League. Nie rejoins head coach and fellow OHL alumnus John Tripp. Tripp coached Crimmitschau in 2016-17 and takes over as head coach of the Clan for 2017-18. Another OHL grad, Brendan Brooks, takes on the role of player/assistant coach with the team.
Ryan Nie played four years in the OHL from 2002-03 to 2005-06 with the Plymouth Whalers, Toronto Majors and Sarnia Sting. Nie was a ninth round pick by the Whalers at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 179th overall. In 2004-05, Ryan played in 57 of Plymouth’s 68 regular season games, posting a 2.56 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
2005-06 was practice in packing for Nie. He started the season with the Plymouth Whalers, playing 21 games with the club that originally drafted him. On December 9, 2005, he was traded to the Toronto Majors with Steve Spade for Justin Peters. He played four games with the Majors before being added to the Sarnia Sting roster on December 29, 2005 for Michael Haley.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Ryan has played pro hockey since 2006-07 in the UHL, ECHL, AHL, Norway’s Get Ligaen, Kazakhstan’s elite league and Germany’s DEL2. Over the years, Nie has had spotted post season success, all with the Kalamazoo Wings.
In 2006-07, his rookie pro season, Ryan played the bulk of the playoffs as the Wings reached the UHL finals before losing to the Rockford IceHogs. He rejoined the team in 2010-11 with Kalamazoo now in the ECHL. He again played most of the playoffs and the Wings reached the Kelly Cup finals before bowing out to the Alaska Aces.
Ryan Nie spent his past four years with Eispiraten Crimmitschau in Germany’s DEL, joining the team part way through the 2013-14 season after starting in Kazakhstan. He is signed with the Braehead Clan for the 2017-18 EIHL season.
The Braehead Clan joined the EIHL for the 2010-11 season. In each campaign since, they have qualified for the post season with a semi-final loss in 2013-14 being the deepest they’ve gone. Home games for the club are played at the 4,000 seat Braehead Arena in Glascow, Scotland, a venue that opened in 1999.
John Tripp becomes the team’s head coach for the 2017-18 season. Tripp played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1994-95 to 1996-97 with the Oshawa Generals. He coached Eispiraten Crimmitschau in 2016-17 after his long playing career came to an end with that club in 2015-16.
Brendan Brooks takes on the role of player/assistant coach for 2017-18. Brooks played in the OHL in 1997-98, appearing in 25 games with the Owen Sound Platers and 32 more with the North Bay Centennials. Brendan played for the Clan in 2015-16 before switching to the Fife Flyers in 2016-17. He also appeared with Great Britain at the 2017 IIHF D1B World Championships.
Ryan Nie OHL Stats