Eric Gryba
Gryba with the Ottawa Senators in 2013
Born (1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 33)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Ottawa Senators
Edmonton Oilers
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 68th overall, 2006
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2010–2019

Eric David Gryba (born April 14, 1988) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. Gryba was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the third round, 68th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Ottawa Senators

Gryba was selected in the third round, 68th overall by the Ottawa Senators during the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to turning professional, Gryba attended Boston University, where he played four seasons of NCAA Division I ice hockey in the Hockey East conference with the Terriers ice hockey team, winning an NCAA title with the team. During the 2009–10 NCAA season, he tied the school record for most penalty minutes served.[1]

On March 31, 2010, the Ottawa Senators signed Gryba to a two-year, entry-level contract.[2] On February 16, 2013, he made his NHL debut, playing for Ottawa in Toronto against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[3]

Gryba earned his first career NHL point, an assist, against the New York Islanders on February 19, 2013, and scored his first career NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 23, 2013.[4]

On May 2, 2013, in his first Stanley Cup playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens, Gryba delivered a questionable, open-ice hit to Canadiens' forward Lars Eller as Eller received a pass from Raphael Diaz. The hit caused Eller's face to strike the ice, leaving him bleeding and motionless on the ice and later carried off via stretcher. Though there was some question as to whether or not the hit was illegal,[5][6] Gryba was subsequently suspended for two games when the NHL deemed that Eller's head had been the principal point of contact.[7]

On June 26, 2014, Gryba signed a two-year contract extension with the Senators, valued at $2.5 million.[8]

Edmonton Oilers

On June 27, 2015, on the second day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Gryba was traded by the Senators to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Travis Ewanyk and the 107th pick in the fourth round (Christian Wolanin).[9]

After appearing in 53 games for the club, the Oilers chose not to re-sign Gryba, making him an unrestricted free agent. However, Gryba signed a one-year, two-way contract on October 12, 2016, after attending the team's camp on a professional tryout.[10] On December 31, 2017, Gryba cleared waivers and was assigned to the Oilers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors.[11]

On June 21, 2018, the Oilers placed Gryba on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.[12]

New Jersey Devils

On July 1, 2018, the opening day of free agency, Gryba was signed by the New Jersey Devils on a one-year, two-way $700,000 contract.[13]

On September 22, 2019, Gryba announced his retirement on his Twitter, after being released from his professional tryout with the Calgary Flames.[14]

Personal life

His father Shawn is a retired teacher. His mother Catherine was an executive for the City of Saskatoon. Gryba attended St. Joseph High School. He became engaged to Cate Eckhardt in August 2015[15] and the two married in the summer of 2016.[16] Gryba is also an avid hunter and fisherman who co-owns a company called Capital Waterfowling, and has a TV show called Grilling With Gryba.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Saskatoon Contacts SMHL 39 1 10 11 89 10 4 8 12 20
2004–05 Saskatoon Contacts SMHL 32 11 29 40 83 11 5 7 12 22
2004–05 Melfort Mustangs SJHL 2 0 0 0 4
2005–06 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 56 3 12 15 205 3 1 1 2 27
2006–07 Boston University HE 38 1 3 4 76
2007–08 Boston University HE 32 1 1 2 54
2008–09 Boston University HE 45 0 6 6 106
2009–10 Boston University HE 38 4 6 10 118
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 6 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 66 3 4 7 133 10 0 1 1 26
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 73 5 15 20 95
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 38 5 6 11 75
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 2 4 6 26 4 0 0 0 17
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 57 2 9 11 64
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 75 0 12 12 97 6 0 0 0 14
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 53 1 5 6 75
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 2 4 6 65 3 0 0 0 4
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 0 2 2 31
2017–18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 24 0 0 0 27
2018–19 Binghamton Devils AHL 47 2 5 7 96
2018–19 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 0 0 0 10
NHL totals 289 7 36 43 368 13 0 0 0 35

Awards and honours

Award Year
Telus Cup Top Defenceman 2005 [17]

References

  1. ^ "ERIC GRYBA". goterriers.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Senators sign Eric Gryba to entry-level contract". Ottawa Senators. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-03-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "OTTAWA SENATORS DEFENCEMAN ERIC GRYBA EARNS PRAISE IN HIS NHL DEBUT". thehockeynews.com. February 16, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Macgregor, Roy (March 23, 2013). "Senators capitalize as Lightning go out like lambs". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ FRASER: TAKING A LOOK AT THE GRYBA ON ELLER HIT https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=422303 Archived 2013-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Senators' Eric Gryba's hit on Canadiens' Lars Eller was clean". Canoe.ca. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Senators' Eric Gryba suspended 2 games for Eller hit". cbc.ca. May 3, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Eric Gryba inks two-year deal with Ottawa Senators". Ottawa Sun. 2014-06-26.
  9. ^ "Senators trade defenseman Eric Gryba to Edmonton". Sportsnet.ca. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Oilers Sign Gryba". NHL.com. October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Wescott, Chris (December 31, 2017). "BLOG: Gryba clears waivers". NHL.com. Retrieved January 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Oilers D Gryba placed on waivers for buyout". TSN.ca. Retrieved 22 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Devils sign defenseman Eric Gryba to one-year, two-way contract". New Jersey Devils. 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-07-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Gryba retires after seven seasons in NHL". NHL.com. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ @grybes02 (August 28, 2015). "Well she said yes! So excited!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Matheson, Jim (February 16, 2017). "Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba shaves beard for charity". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved March 26, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "2005 Telus Cup Award Winners Announced". Hockey Canada. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-01-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)