Aug. 10, 2006
ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell junior defensemen Ryan O'Byrne has signed a professional contract with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
O'Byrne appeared in 31 games as a freshman, recording two assists on the year. He established himself as one of the premier blue-liners in the country as a sophomore, scoring three goals and adding two assists in 33 games. His physical style was the anchor of the Big Red defense.
"Ryan has a bright future in the NHL. With his size and skating ability, he fits the mold of the big, mobile defenseman," said head coach Mike Schafer. "We're extremely happy for Ryan. He's living his lifelong dream of playing professional hockey."
The 6-5, 225 defenseman lit the lamp seven times in 2005-06, helping the Big Red to an NCAA tournament appearance. For his career, O'Byrne finished with 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 92 games. He was selected by the Canadiens with the 79th overall selection (third round) in the 2003 draft.
O'Byrne will take part in Montreal's rookie camp, beginning on Sept. 7.
Ryan O'Byrne signed a professional contract with the NHL's Montreal Canadiens