Ryan Fitzgerald (ice hockey)

Ryan Fitzgerald
Born (1994-10-19) October 19, 1994
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NCAA team Boston College Eagles
NHL Draft 120th overall, 2013
Boston Bruins
Playing career TBDpresent

Ryan Thomas Fitzgerald (born October 19, 1994) is an American ice hockey player. He was selected by the Boston Bruins with the last pick in the 4th round (120th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Early life and career

He was born in Boca Raton, Florida, when his father, Tom was a member of the Florida Panthers. As a result of his father's career, he grew up in Florida and Nashville, before his family settled in North Reading, Massachusetts.


He played for Malden Catholic High School of MIAA Catholic Conference and the Valley Jr. Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League before committing to play for Boston College in the Hockey East conference of the NCAA.[1] He was the 2012 MVP of the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.


Fitzgerald joined the Eagles in the 2013-14 season and made an impact immediately as a rookie, being named the conference's rookie of the month for November, in just his second month of collegiate play. Playing alongside Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau, Fitzgerald finished the season fifth on the team in scoring with 29 points as the Eagles made a deep NCAA tournament run, coming up just short of the title game after falling to eventual champions Union in the Frozen Four.

His sophomore campaign was consistent, as he led the team in goals scored (17) and finished fourth on the team scoring (25), despite an early exit from postseason play.

Fitzgerald's junior year was a breakout year as he led the team in both goals scored (24) and overall scoring (47), helping the team to another deep NCAA tournament run. However, the Eagles would fall short of the championship yet again, after being defeated by the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the Frozen Four. For his efforts during the season, Fitzgerald was named a Hockey East 1st-Team All-Star as well as an NCAA 2nd-Team All-American.

For his senior year, Fitzgerald was named an assistant captain of the Eagles, as he hopes to continue his torrid scoring pace and seeks to lead the team to that elusive yet attainable NCAA championship.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Valley Jr. Warriors EJHL 26 14 16 30 50 6 3 3 6 8
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 5 1 0 1 8
2013–14 Boston College HE 40 13 16 29 22
2014–15 Boston College HE 38 17 8 25 54
2015–16 Boston College HE 40 24 23 47 47
NCAA totals 118 54 47 101 123


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States WJAC 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 4 0 4 22
Totals 4 4 0 4 22

Personal life

Fitzgerald's father is Tom Fitzgerald, a former player in the NHL and the current assistant general manager of the New Jersey Devils. His younger brother, Casey, is a defenseman and is currently a sophomore playing for the Eagles with his brother. He is also cousins with former Eagles and current NHL players Jimmy and Kevin Hayes as well as NHL'ers Matthew and Keith Tkachuk.

Awards and honours

Honours Year
NCAA Division I ACHA 2nd-Team All-American 2015-16 [2]
Hockey East 1st-Team All-Star 2015-16 [3]
Hockey East Rookie of the Month November 2013 [4]
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game MVP 2012


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