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Michael Ryder  #17

New Jersey Devils  Right Wing
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: March 31, 1980  (AGE 34)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Bonavista, NL, Canada
WEIGHT: 200 DRAFTED: MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 8th   (216th overall)
Is tied for 3rd on NJD with 18g (P. Elias); is sixth with 34pts...Scored 1g last night at Ott...Had points in season-high four straight games Jan. 4-11 (4g); scored GWG Jan. 9 vs. Dal. &  3rd SHG of career Jan. 7 vs. Phi...Had points in back-to-back games eight times, most recently Mar. 18-20 (1g-1a-2pts)...Recorded 2nd multi-pt. game with 1g-1a-2pts Dec. 31 vs. Pit. (GWG); also had 1g-1a-2pts Dec. 4 vs Mtl...Appeared in 700th NHL game Nov. 23 at SJ...Scored first goal with NJ Oct. 4 vs. NYI...Made his Devils’ debut Oct. 3 at Pit…2012-13: Saw action with both Dal. (19 games) & Mtl. (27); traded (Feb. 26 for E. Cole) for first time in NHL career…Totaled 16g-19a-35pts overall…Recorded 9 multiple-point games, including 4 season-high 3pt efforts…Posted season-high 6-game point-scoring streak Feb. 13-25 (2g-7a-9pts)…Scored his 200th career NHL goal Jan. 26 vs. StL.; reached 200a mark Feb. 6 at Edm.; &  notched his 400th point with goal Feb. 1 vs. Phx.
NHL All-Rookie Team (2004) Signed as a free agent by Leksands (Sweden-2), September 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 1, 2011. Traded to Montreal by Dallas for Erik Cole and Dallas' 3rd round choice (Connor Crisp) in 2013 Entry Draft, February 26, 2013. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 5, 2013.
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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness