|Born:||Dec 9, 1980||Draft:||2000 Hurricanes, 80th Overall|
|Hometown:||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Position:||Left Wing|
|Known For:||2000 NCAA (Championship) Winner||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Ryan Bayda (born December 9, 1980) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2008-2009 season. Drafted 80th overall by the Hurricanes in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Bayda returned to the University of North Dakota for two more seasons, averaging over a point-per-game in each of the two seasons and serving as an alternate captain in the final year. He made his debut in the NHL during the 2002-03 season and put up his best career numbers in points with 14 in 25 games. Despite a strong start to his career, Bayda struggled to keep his place in the Hurricanes’ lineup, splitting his time in the NHL and the AHL on a routinely basis.
In his final year in the NHL, Bayda played a career high 70 games and registered five goals and seven assists during the 2008-09 season. He also dressed in 15 post-season games, amassing two goals and two assists in 15 games, helping the Hurricanes reach the Eastern Conference Final. The following season, Bayda turned down an invite to the St. Louis Blues training camp, instead opting to join the Pittsburgh Penguins. Signing with the club, he appeared in 21 games with the team’s minor-league affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Bayda continued his career in Europe, playing six seasons in the Deutsch Hockey League (DEL) with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, Augsburger Panther, and Straubing Tigers. In 216 games in the DEL, Bayda accumulated 62 goals and 89 assists, and he made the playoffs in three of those seasons.
Ryan Bayda Statistics
- Rosetown Red Wings, ACHW (Coach) 2008-2009
- BCHL (Interior) Rookie of the Year (1999)
- NCAA (Championship) Winner (2000)
- NCAA (WCHA) All-Rookie Team (2000)
- NCAA (WCHA) Champion (2000)
- 2x NCAA (WCHA) Second All-Star Team (2001, 2002)
- AHL Player of the Week (Oct. 19, 2004)