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Ryan McDonagh

Born:June 13, 1989Draft:2007 Canadiens, 12th Overall
Hometown:St. Paul, MN, USAPosition:Defense
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:USACurrent Team:Nashville Predators

Ryan Patrick McDonagh (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted in the first round, 12th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007, he played college hockey for the Badgers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also played for the New York Rangers, for whom he served as team captain from October 2014 until being traded to the Lightning in 2018. McDonagh won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Lightning in 2020 and 2021. He then was traded again, this time to the Predators in 2022.

McDonagh also competes internationally for the United States and was a member of the men’s ice hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Brian Gibbons, Ryan McDonagh
Tampa Bay Lightning Ryan McDonagh cuts in front of Ottawa Senators Brian Gibbons (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Ryan McDonagh Statistics

Deeper Dive


  • 2006-07 U18 WJC Silver Medal
  • 2006-07 USHS Minnesota Mr. Hockey (Best Minnesota High School Player)
  • 2008-09 NCAA (WCHA) All-Academic Team
  • 2009-10 NCAA (WCHA) All-Academic Team
  • 2009-10 NCAA (WCHA) Second All-Star Team
  • 2013-14 NHL Playoffs Most Assists by Defenseman (13)
  • 2015-16 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2016-17 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2019-20 NHL Stanley Cup Champion
  • 2020-21 NHL Stanley Cup Champion