Washington Capitals
Ryan Walter
RyanWalter
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 200
BIRTHDATE: 04/23/1958
BIRTHPLACE: New Westminster, BC, CAN
DRAFTED: WSH: 1978-2 overall
WCJHL First All-Star Team (1978) WCJHL - Player of the Year (1978) Bud Man of the Year Award (1992) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983) Traded to Montreal by Washington with Rick Green for Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin, September 9, 1982. Missed majority of 1990-91 due to wrist injury vs. Hartford, October 13, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 26, 1991.
Ryan Walter played his minor hockey in Burnaby, British Columbia before stepping up to the junior ranks with the BCJHL at age 15. After a brief stint in Langley, he established himself as a standout with the Kamloops Blazers and, in his final season, with the Seattle Breakers where he tallied 125 points in 62 games.

As a hot NHL prospect, Walter was informed ahead of the Entry Draft that he'd been selected 2nd overall by the Washington Capitals. Such advance measures were taken at that time to limit defections to the World Hockey Association.

As an NHLer, Walter proved himself to be an adaptable player. During his four seasons with the Caps, he played a tough, aggressive game, getting a solid share of points and penalty minutes.

In 1982, he was traded to Montreal. In 1985-86, he won his only Stanley Cup with the Habs.

After nine seasons in Montreal, Walter signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks in 1991. He put in his final two professional seasons there as a defensive specialist.

Since his retirement, Walter has worked as a television broadcaster with TSN and CTV.

*Bio courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame