February 28, 1973|
Simcoe, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
New York Rangers|
173rd overall, 1992|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan VandenBussche (born February 28, 1973) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey forward who played in 9 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He is best known for his pugilistic skills.
On August 22, 1995, he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers. After two seasons in the AHL with the Rangers' farm team, the Binghamton Rangers, VandenBussche finally made his NHL debut for the 1996–97 season playing 11 games.
The very next season, 1997–98, VandenBussche was split between four different teams in three different leagues. He played three games for the Indianapolis Ice of the IHL, fifteen games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, sixteen games for the New York Rangers of the NHL, and since the Rangers traded him for Ryan Risidore on March 29, 1998, four games for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.
VandenBussche remained a Blackhawk until the Pittsburgh Penguins signed him as an unrestricted free agent on July 12, 2004. On September 25, 2006, Jokerit of SM-liiga signed the forward for a try-out, which was terminated on November 5. After his tryout, VandenBussche signed with the New Mexico Scorpions as a player/coach, but retired in January for medical reasons.
VandenBussche was not known as a goal scorer or play maker; in 310 NHL games, he scored 10 goals and 10 assists. VandenBussche's role was as an enforcer. He has the distinction of being pound for pound one of the toughest enforcer's at the NHL level and the man who ended the career of Nick Kypreos in a pre-season game in 1997.
VandenBussche now sells real estate with his wife Lisa and his father Ron, as Team VandenBussche with ReMax Erie Shores in Norfolk County, Ontario Canada. He also is the founder of a charity called Stix n Pixs which helps kids play hockey and play music.
|1992–93||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||44||4||10||14||124||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||53||2||13||15||239||3||0||0||0||17|
|1996–97||New York Rangers||NHL||11||1||0||1||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||15||2||0||2||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||New York Rangers||NHL||16||1||0||1||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New Mexico Scorpions||CHL||9||0||3||3||29||—||—||—||—||—|
- Ryan VandenBussche's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Biography at Pittsburgh Penguins Official Website