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Ryan Bayda
Ryan Bayda
Left Wing
Number: 18
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 9, 1980
Birthplace: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Drafted: CAR / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (80th overall)
Draft: Carolina 2000 (2-80-3)
First NHL Game: Feb. 14, 2003 in a 3-1 win vs. Washington
First NHL Point: Feb. 15, 2003 in a 2-2 tie at Philadelphia (assist)
First NHL Goal: Feb. 18, 2003 in a 4-3 loss at Toronto
Most Goals, Game: 1 - 11 times (Last: Mar. 5, 2008 in a 6-3 win at Atlanta)
Most Assists, Game: 1 - 17 times (Last: April 1, 2008 in a 4-1 loss at Washington)
Most Points, Game: 2 - twice (Last: Feb. 21, 2008 in a 5-3 win vs. Atlanta)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 10 - March 14, 2008 in a 7-1 loss at Buffalo)

Ryan and his wife, Becky, have a daughter named Tylar... They spend their summers in Emma Lake, Sask... Ryan is involved with the MS Bike Tour in Saskatchewan... His favorite player growing up was Wayne Gretzky, and his first youth team was the Saskatoon Flyers... His father, Gord, owned and ran the printing company based in Saskatoon that used to print the Hurricanes’ season tickets... The most played artist on Ryan’s iPod is Keith Urban... His favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption, favorite food is sushi and favorite book is It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong... Ryan is a fan of reality TV and does not like video games in general, but enjoys Wii tennis... His biggest talent outside of hockey is wake surfing... His favorite place to vacation is Maui, where he and his wife went on their honeymoon... The historical figure he would most like to meet is Nelson Mandela and the current celebrities he would most like to meet are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie... His favorite holiday is Christmas and his favorite website is He wears number 18 because it was assigned to him... His most memorable goal was his first NHL goal, against Toronto’s Ed Belfour on 2/18/03... His favorite former teammate is Jeff O’Neill and his favorite thing about playing professional hockey is going to nice restaurants... Ryan’s most common game-day habit is a nap... The place in the Triangle where he spends the most time other than the rink and his home is Crabtree Valley Mall... His favorite road arena is the Bell Centre, favorite road city is Chicago and favorite teams to play agains are “all of the Canadian teams.”

2007-08 SEASON
Completed his fourth NHL season with Carolina... Totaled three goals and three assists (6 points) in 31 total games with the Hurricanes... Split the season between Carolina and Albany (AHL), playing in the Hurricanes’ final 24 games of the season after being recalled on 2/12... Had seven goals and 10 assists (17 points) in 21 games with Albany, but missed 22 River Rats games with an upper-body injury sustained 12/14 at Lowell... Earned an assist on Walker’s goal at WSH (4/1)... Played in his 100th career NHL game and was assessed a 10-minute misconduct at BUF (3/14)... Earned the primary assist on Aucoin’s goal vs. BUF (3/8)... Netted his third goal of the season at ATL (3/5)... Scored his second goal of the season, assisted on Aucoin’s goal and was (+3) vs. ATL (2/21)... Scored his first NHL goal of the season vs. PIT (2/14)... Returned to action with Albany vs. Syracuse (2/9) after missing 22 games with an upper-body injury suffered at Lowell (12/14)... Played in his 300th AHL game on 12/2 at Providence... Was reassigned to Albany on 11/23... Recalled from Albany (AHL) 11/9... Reassigned to Albany on 10/27 after playing in three games with Carolina from Oct. 22-26... Recalled from Albany (AHL) 10/21... Scored his 200th AHL point with a goal vs. Manchester (10/19)... Assigned to Albany (AHL) 10/6... Made his Hurricanes season debut on opening night vs. MTL (10/3)... Was a healthy extra in the NHL for four games (10/5, 11/16-11/21)... Multi-point games: 1 (2/21 vs. ATL: 1g, 1a).

Entering his fifth NHL season with the Hurricanes... Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on July 1, 2008... Has scored 81 goals, earned 135 assists (216 points) and accumulated 275 penalty minutes in 305 career regular-season AHL games with Lowell, Manitoba and Albany…Won an NCAA Championship with North Dakota in his freshman season of 1999-2000

1998-99: Was named the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) Rookie of the Year, tallying 82 points (24g, 58a) in 45 games for the Vernon Vipers

1999-00: Completed his freshman season at North Dakota, ranking fifth on the team in scoring with 40 points... Was fourth on the team in assists (23) and fifth in goals (17) as the Fighting Sioux captured the 2000 NCAA Championship... Was named to the WCHA All-Rookie team

2000-01: Finished the season ranked seventh in the nation in scoring with 59 points (25g, 34a)... Was fourth in the WCHA in scoring and was named second-team All-WCHA... Ranked third on North Dakota in points (59), second in goals (25) and fourth in assists (34)

2001-02: Was named second-team All-WCHA for the second consecutive year... Led North Dakota in points with 47 points and assists with 28... Was second on the team in goals with 19... Signed a three-year contract with the Hurricanes on March 20... Made his professional debut with Lowell (AHL), tallying two points (1g, 1a) in three regular-season games and three points (3g, 0a) in five playoff games

2002-03: Completed his first NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Scored Carolina’s final goal of 2002-03, vs. NYI (4/6)… Scored his first NHL game-winning goal and was named second star of the game vs. MIN (3/7)… Had his first NHL multiple-point game with a goal and an assist vs. BOS (3/4)… Set up Mike Zigomanis’ first NHL goal on the power play at PHX (2/26)… Scored his first NHL goal at TOR (2/18), beating Ed Belfour at 2:53 of the first period… Earned his first NHL point, an assist on Sean Hill’s third-period goal at PHI (2/15)… Made his NHL debut vs. WSH (2/14)… Recalled from Lowell, 2/13… Led the Lock Monsters in points (43) and assists (32)

2003-04: Split the season between Carolina and Lowell, the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate… Was reassigned to Lowell (AHL) on April 3 for the Lock Monsters’ playoff push… Notched his third NHL goal of the season vs. BOS (3/30)… Recalled from Lowell, Mar. 9... At the time of his recall, he had 21 points (7g, 14a) for Lowell (AHL)… Reassigned to Lowell, Jan. 13… Scored Carolina’s lone goal, unassisted, at WSH (11/12)… Scored his first goal of the season vs. NYR (11/6)… Earned his first NHL point of the season with an assist on Wallin’s second goal at PHI (10/25)… Made his Hurricanes season debut after beginning the season with Lowell (AHL) at BOS (10/23)… Recalled from Lowell (AHL) on 10/23… In four games with Lowell (AHL) prior to his Oct. 23 recall, led the Lock Monsters with four goals and two assists and was named Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 19… Recorded a hat trick, the first of his professional career, in Lowell’s 4-2 win against Worcester (10/13)

2004-05: Ranked sixth among Lock Monsters in scoring (40 points) and was the only Lowell player to skate in all 80 games… Was sixth on the team in assists (27)… Ranked tied for third among Lock Monsters in playoff goals with three, and totaled six points (3g, 3a) in nine Calder Cup Playoff games

2005-06: Played with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, registering 13 goals and 25 assists (38 points) along with 52 penalty minutes... Played in 59 of Manitoba’s final 60 regular-season games after missing the season’s first 20 games with a knee injury... Ranked fifth on Manitoba’s team in scoring... Scored his first two-goal game with the Moose including OT game-winner vs. Toronto (12/29)... Scored two goals and an assist vs. Hamilton (1/20)... Scored second overtime winner of the season at Philadelphia (1/27)... Scored a pair of goals and added an assist at Hamilton (1/29)

2006-07: Split the season between Carolina (NHL) and Albany (AHL)… Had two points (1g, 1a) in nine NHL games… Was third among River Rats in scoring with 54 points (29g, 25a) on the AHL level... Led the River Rats in goals with 29... Played his first NHL game of the season and first NHL game since April 2, 2004 at TB (10/16)… Assisted on Brind’Amour’s goal for his first NHL assist since March 25, 2004… Netted his first NHL goal of the season vs. ATL (10/25), his first NHL goal since March 30, 2004… Netted three goals and had two assists (5 points) in five playoff games with Albany.