Ontario Hockey League grad Ryan Nie is about to bring his outstanding brand of goaltending to a DEL2 team in Germany that badly needs it. The team is led by another OHL alumnus who also leads the whole league in goals and points. However, Harrison Reed’s offensive performance for Eispiraten Crimmitschau has not been enough to raise the team from a last place tie. Nie and Reed were teammates with the Sarnia Sting for the last half of the 2005-06 season.
Nie played in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06 with the Plymouth Whalers, Toronto Majors and Sarnia Sting. In 2004-05, he played 57 of Plymouth’s 68 games, posting a 2.56 goals against average and .914 save percentage, along with three shutouts.
Drafted by the Whalers in the ninth round of the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 179th overall, Ryan played most of his career with Plymouth. In his final season, he started the year playing 21 games with the Whalers before being sent to the Majors. His stay in Toronto didn’t last long and six games later he was with the Sting. Nie finished out the season with 26 games in the Sarnia net.
Ryan has played pro hockey since 2006-07 in the UHL, ECHL, AHL, Norway’s Get Ligaen and Kazakhstan. His AHL experience has been limited to just one game in 2007-08 with the Providence Bruins and one game in 2009-10 with the Houston Aeros.
Nie twice went to playoff finals with the Kalamazoo Wings but in different leagues. In 2006-07, he played 35 regular season games as backup to Tom Askey in his rookie season. However, in those 35 games, Nie produced an amazing seven shutouts. When the playoffs roled around, Ryan was the main man for the Wings, appearing in 19 of the team’s 20 playoff games. Kalamazoo reached the finals before falling to the Rockford IceHogs in seven games.
In 2010-11, Nie returned to the Wings but now they were a member of the ECHL. He played the bulk of the work in net, appearing in 52 games during the regular season, posting a 2.80 GAA and .914 save percentage. Ryan then appeared in all 19 playoff games as Kalamazoo reached the Kelly Cup finals before losing out to the Alaska Aces in five games.
After two years in Norway with Lillehammer, Nie started the 2013-14 season with Beibarys Atyrau in Kazakhstan. Appearing in 18 games, Ryan put up great numbers with a 2.24 GAA and .913 save percentage. He has signed with Eispiraten Crimmitschau for the rest of the 2013-14 season.
Reed played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the London Knights, Sarnia Sting and Guelph Storm. He was a third round pick by London at the 2004 OHL Priority Selection, 47th overall but played minimally with the Knights. Harrison appeared in just six regular season games with London in 2004-05 but did get into four playoff games as London captured the Robertson Cup championship.
By the start of 2005-06, Reed was a member of the Sarnia Sting. He remained in Sarnia until a trade sent him to the Storm 28 games into his final year.
The Carolina Hurricanes took him in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 93rd overall. Reed has played pro hockey since 2008-09 in the AHL, ECHL and CHL, along with the DEL2.
In 2012-13, Reed played a major role in the Stockton Thunder reaching the Kelly Cup finals in the ECHL. He appeared in 46 regular season games, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 24 for 45 points. He kept up pretty much the same pace in the playoffs with nine goals and eleven assists for 20 points over 23 games. The Thunder lost in the Kelly Cup finals to the Reading Royals in five games. Harrison also played 14 games in the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters during the regular season.
This year, 2013-14, Harrison jumped to Europe for his first time and surely has no regrets. Over 40 games with Crimmitschau, Reed has scored 31 goals and assisted on 38 for 69 points. He leads the league in goals and points. Interestingly, Harrison has also sat 80 minutes in the penalty box. More like a candidate for most gentlemanly during his junior and pro career, his previous high was 50 PIM over 68 games with Sarnia in 2005-06.
The franchise started in the 2.Bundesliga in 2007-08 and has not had much success. Crimmitschau has not yet won a playoff series and has been saved from relegation three times. In 2012-13, die Eispiraten did not qualify for the post season. 2013-14 does not look much better with the team tied for last place in the 12 team league.