Ryan Fitzgerald (ice hockey)
October 19, 1994|
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)|
|NCAA team||Boston College Eagles|
120th overall, 2013|
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. 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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
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
|NCAA Division I ACHA 2nd-Team All-American||2015-16|
|Hockey East 1st-Team All-Star||2015-16|
|Hockey East Rookie of the Month||November 2013|
|CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game MVP||2012|