Ryan Nie played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-03 to 2005-06. His first three seasons were played between the pipes with the Plymouth Whalers. His final season saw Nie rarely unpack his suitcase as he split the season between the Whalers, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and the Sarnia Sting.
Ryan was a workhorse for the Whalers during the 2004-05 season, posting a 2.56 goals against average and .914 save percentage while playing 57 of the team’s 68 regular seasons games. Unfortunately, Plymouth was ousted in four games in the first round of the playoffs against the Owen Sound Attack.
Undrafted, Nie started his professional career in 2006-07 with the Kalamazoo Wings of the United Hockey League. Ryan was named UHL Rookie of the Year, posting league leading numbers (2.02 GAA, .929 save percentage, 7 shutouts). His 2.02 GAA stands as a league record for goalies with 30+ starts in a season. He helped the Wings reach the Colonial Cup final before being beat out by the Rockford IceHogs.
Last season, 2009-10, Nie returned to Kalamazoo. The Wings were now an ECHL team and Ryan was honoured as the team’s MVP, posting a 3.09 GAA, .904 save percentage and three shutouts over 44 games.
Ryan begins the 2010-11 season with Kalamazoo. For the second year in a row, Nie will be playing for head coach, and Ontario Hockey League alumnus, Nick Bootland.
Ryan appears in two previous posts at OHL Alumni Central:
Ryan Nie is on the OHL Alumni Big List.