Ryan Stoa
Born (1987-04-13) April 13, 1987 (age 34)
Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Djurgårdens IF
Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Spartak Moscow
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Örebro HK
HV71
National team  United States
NHL Draft 34th overall, 2005
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2009–present

Ryan James Stoa (born April 13, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey left wing currently under contract with Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Playing career

Amateur

Stoa was drafted in the 2nd round (34th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Prior to being drafted, Ryan played high school hockey at Bloomington Kennedy High School, earning All-Lake Conference Honorable Mention honors during the 2002–03 season.[1] He was then selected to the U.S. Development Program playing in the Under 17 and 18 National Team from 2003–2005.

Stoa committed to play collegiate hockey for the University of Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In 2005–06, his freshman year, Stoa finished second to Phil Kessel in freshman scoring with 25 points for the Golden Gophers. At the start of the 2007–08 season, in his junior year, Stoa was redshirted when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.[2] In the following season, Stoa returned as the Gophers captain to lead the WCHA in scoring with 46 points in 36 games to be named the Gophers Most Valuable Player.[3] Stoa was also selected to the WCHA First All-Star Team and named first-team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association, College Hockey News and Inside College Hockey.[4] On March 27, 2009, Stoa forwent his senior year and signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[5][6]

Professional

Despite making an impression with the Avalanche in the pre-season,[7] Stoa was assigned to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters to begin the 2009–10 season.[8] On October 13, 2009, he scored his first professional goal with Lake Erie against the San Antonio Rampage in a 4–1 defeat.[9] Stoa made his NHL debut with the Avalanche against the Calgary Flames on December 13, 2009.[10] In his fifth recall to the Avalanche, Stoa scored his first NHL goal in a 5–2 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks on April 9, 2010.[11] Stoa finished the season scoring 40 points with the Monsters, co-leading the AHL with 23 goals among rookies.[12]

On July 7, 2012, Stoa signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals.[13] Assigned to AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, for the 2012–13 season, Stoa missed two-months to injury before returning to finish with 19 points in 46 games.[14] On April 15, 2013, Stoa was re-signed by the Capitals on a one-year extension.[15]

For a second successive season within the Capitals organization, Stoa was assigned to the Bears to begin the 2013–14 season. In 67 games, Stoa matched his career high 40 points from his rookie campaign and was recalled by the Capitals in the latter half of the season. He made his debut with Washington, marking a return to the NHL after a two-year absence, in a 6–4 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers on March 5, 2014. In his three-game stint with the Capital, Stoa was scoreless.[16]

On July 15, 2014, Stoa opted to sign abroad as a free agent on a one-year deal with Russian club, Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL.[17] In his debut season, Stoa established himself amongst the forwards, contributing with 15 goals and 30 points in 60 games. He was signed to a one-year extension during the 2014–15 season on February 27, 2015.[18]

In the following 2015–16 season, Stoa was elevated to the leadership group amongst Metallurg. Despite the club languishing in the standings, he was leading the club with 15 goals in just 33 games before he was traded to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk for financial considerations on November 21, 2015.[19] Following the 2015–16 season, he transferred from Nizhnekamsk to fellow KHL team HC Spartak Moscow.[20]

Following the 2017–18 season, his second with Spartak, Stoa left as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with his fourth KHL club, Traktor Chelyabinsk on May 23, 2018.[21]

After five well travelled seasons in the KHL, Stoa left Russia as a free agent, opting to continue his career in Sweden by agreeing to a one-year contract with Örebro HK of the SHL on July 15, 2019.[22]

As a free agent heading into the start of the 2020–21 season, Stoa opted to remain in the SHL, signing with HV71 on December 2, 2020.[23]

International play

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Mora
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 České Budějovice

Apart of the U.S. development program, Stoa was named to the United States Team for the 2005 U18 World Championships.[24] Using his imposing frame, Stoa recorded 3 assists in 6 games to help the U.S. capture Gold.[25] Stoa was also named to the U.S. Team for the 2007 World Junior Championships in Mora, Sweden.[26] Stoa played a checking role with the Americans, and scored 2 points in 7 games to help earn Bronze.[27]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Bloomington Kennedy High School HS-MN 14 22 36
2003–04 U.S. NTDP U17 USDP 18 9 8 17
2003–04 U.S. NTDP U18 NAHL 42 10 12 22 26
2004–05 U.S. NTDP U18 NAHL 15 10 13 23 20
2004–05 U.S. NTDP U18 USDP 23 4 11 15 16
2005–06 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 10 15 25 43
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 12 12 24 44
2007–08 University of Minnesota WCHA 2 1 1 2 2
2008–09 University of Minnesota WCHA 36 24 22 46 76
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 54 23 17 40 42
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 48 16 17 33 55 7 1 0 1 4
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 25 2 2 4 20
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 75 16 20 36 65
2012–13 Hershey Bears AHL 46 11 8 19 43 4 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 67 16 24 40 51
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 60 15 15 30 40
2015–16 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 33 15 8 23 12
2015–16 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 20 3 3 6 8 2 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Spartak Moscow KHL 57 22 14 36 60
2017–18 Spartak Moscow KHL 53 15 15 30 36 4 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 59 11 16 27 30
2019–20 Örebro HK SHL 52 19 18 37 34
AHL totals 290 82 86 168 256 11 2 0 2 4
NHL totals 40 4 3 7 20 1 0 0 0 2
KHL totals 282 81 71 152 186 6 0 1 1 0

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WJC18 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 0 3 3 2
2007 United States WJC 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 1 2 8
2018 United States OG 7th 5 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 13 1 4 5 10
Senior totals 5 0 0 0 0

Awards and honors

Award Year
College
WCHA First All-Star Team 2008–09 [4]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2008–09

References

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