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#6 – BYRON RITCHIE

Byron Ritchie played for the Lethbridge Hurricanes for four seasons from 1993 until 1997.

Ritchie played his entire junior career with the Hurricanes appearing in 231 regular season games collecting 297 points (131g-166a) along with 454 penalty minutes. He appeared in an additional 28 post-season games where he racked up 30 points (16g-14a) and 46 penalty minutes.

His best offensive season came in the 1996-1997 season where he tallied 126 points (50g-76a) along with 115 penalty minutes and a plus-33. Ritchie was an instrumental part of the 1997 Championship Hurricanes as he totaled 28 points (16g-12a) in 18 playoff games and added seven points (5g-2a) and 12 penalty minutes in five Memorial Cup games including the overtime winner to put the Hurricanes in the Memorial Cup final.

Ritchie sits 20th on the Hurricanes All-Time games played list (231), is sixth in All-Time goals (131), fifth in All-Time assists (166), sixth in All-Time points (297), 15th in All-Time penalty minutes (454) and 18th in All-Time points per game (1.286). He was named recipient of the Hurricanes Three Star Award three straight years from 1994 to 1997 and was named the Hurricanes Most Valuable Player in 1995-1996 and in 1996-1997 leading the team in scoring both seasons. He was named to the Canadian Hockey League All-Star Team in 1994-1995 while being named to the CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 1997.

The Burnaby, BC product was drafted in the seventh round (165th overall) by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Ritchie went on to play 324 games in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks where he registered 58 career points (25g-33a) along with 373 penalty minutes.

Ritchie also scored 163 points (66g-96a) along with 346 penalty minutes in 206 regular season games in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Falcons, Beast of New Haven, Cincinnati Cyclones, Lowell Lock Monsters and San Antonio Rampage.

The left-handed shooting centre-man has represented Canada at five Spengler Cup tournaments in Switzerland, winning in 2013.

Ritchie has spent the last nine seasons playing in Europe. The 39-year-old currently is the Captain of the MODO Hockey Club in Sweden. So far this season, he has registered 19 points (4g-15a) along with 51 penalty minutes in 35 games.

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