Ontario Hockey League grad Ryan O’Marra is calling it a career, playing his final game of pro hockey this past weekend. O’Marra will return to Canada to take on a job with National Bank. However, Ryan went out in style, helping the sixth seed Coventry Blaze play giant killers to capture the EIHL playoff championship in the United Kingdom.
Ryan O’Marra – OHL Career
O’Marra played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with the Erie Otters and Saginaw Spirit. He was the fourth overall pick by the Otters at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection and was sent to Saginaw 13 games into his final season in the league. In 2005-06, O’Marra was team captain in Erie.
Over his OHL career, Ryan appeared in 234 regular season games, scoring 94 goals and assisting on 129 for 223 points. Not playing on the best teams over his four years, O’Marra played in just 18 playoff games but gave would he could with 18 points.
Ryan was a member of both the 2006 and 2007 gold medal Canadian team at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. In 2006, the tournament was held at a handful of locations in British Columbia. Canada went undefeated, shutting out Russia 5-0 in the final. Phil Kessel of the U.S. led the tournament in scoring and Evgeni Malkin of Russia was named the MVP.
In 2007, the WJC was moved to Sweden where a handful of people watched – mostly from Canada. Canada once again went undefeated and once again met up with Russia in the final, this time winning 4-2. Carey Price from Canada was named the tournament MVP.
Ryan O’Marra – Pro Career
The New York Islanders took O’Marra 15th overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. His pro action came at the end of the 2005-06 season when he joined up with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers after the Otters were eliminated from Robertson Cup contention. Ryan played eight regular season games for New York’s affiliate and appeared in three Calder Cup playoff games.
Since 2007-08, O’Marra has played in the AHL, ECHL, NHL, Finland’s Liiga, Italy’s LIHG, Norway’s Get Ligaen and the EIHL. He played 33 games in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, contributing seven points.
Ryan O’Marra – Coventry Blaze
2014-15 was Ryan’s only season in the EIHL and only year with the Blaze. Over 62 regular season games, he scored 19 and assisted on 37 for 56 points. He led the team in each of those categories.
Coventry finished the regular season a game below .500 and in sixth place in the ten team EIHL. The league has a express format which sees the final four face off in a finals weekend, held at one venue.
This past Saturday, the Blaze knocked off the fifth seed Belfast Giants in the semi-final game. The match was decided in shootout with Coventry coming out on top 3-2. O’Marra assisted on the tying goal in the third period. He was the second shooter for the Blaze in the shootout but could not score.
On Sunday, Coventry faced off against the number one seed Sheffield Steelers for the championship. The Steelers finished the regular season a healthy 23 points ahead of the Blaze. But, it was Coventry that came out on top 4-2 in the one game that counted. O’Marra assisted on the first two Blaze goals, scored on OHL grad Josh Unice.