With several young players emerging on the team's roster, Smyth ranked fourth in team scoring, behind Aleš Hemský, Shawn Horcoff and Jarret Stoll. As a result of the Oilers' short playoff seasons (the team made the second round twice and Finals once in his 12-year tenure), Smyth was a mainstay on Canada's World Championship roster (the international tournament conflicted with the NHL's playoff schedule). Canada failed to defend their gold medal from 2002, however, and were eliminated in the quarterfinal by Russia. Smyth announced his retirement on April 11, 2014, after 19 seasons in the NHL. North Antrim MP Ian Paisley told the Belfast Telegraph it was an "unthinkable loss". After eliminating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the third round, the Oilers were ultimately defeated in seven games by the Carolina Hurricanes in the Finals. "It's almost impossible to imagine what this family is going through," he said. The following year, all NHL players were again available for international competition at the 2005 IIHF World Championship in Austria, due to the ongoing lockout. Some Oilers' scouts wanted to draft Ethan Moreau (future Oilers captain), in part because he was a linemate of the Oilers' fourth overall selection, Jason Bonsignore (who only ended up playing 79 NHL games, 21 of those with the Oilers). Smyth wanted to leave the Kings and return to the Oilers, as he wanted to end his career where he started it. It marked the first time in his career that he led the Oilers in scoring, edging Todd Marchant by one point. In December 2001, Smyth was selected to Canada's team for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Was the Captain of the World Championship 2003 that struck gold. With the Oilers unable to extend his contract prior to the NHL trade deadline, Smyth was dealt away to the New York Islanders in exchange for prospects Robert Nilsson and Ryan O'Marra, as well as a first round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to record two goals and 11 points over 48 games as a rookie, while also spending time in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Oilers' minor league affiliate, the Cape Breton Oilers. [5], Smyth and his wife Stacey have three daughters,[42] Isabella May (born July 9, 2003),[43] Elizabeth Ann (born April 4, 2005) and Gabrielle Grace (born June 24, 2013)[44] and one son, Alexander Kenneth (born June 26, 2008). After two seasons with the team, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in July 2009. [29] His first goal with the Kings came five days later, scoring against Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding in a 6–3 win. At the beginning of the season, on October 8, 1996, he recorded his first of five career hat tricks. The heartbroken husband of a Co Antrim woman who died alongside her three-year-old daughter on a quad bike was just yards away from his family when the horrific crash occurred. Official Sites, Brother Kevin also played in NHL before having his career cut short due to an eye injury. TUV MLA Jim Allister said Ryan and Gregg were well-known dairy farmers and had installed one of the first robotic milking systems in the area. The Kings won the game 4–1 over the Nashville Predators, with Smyth scoring a goal in the second period. Smyth had his number 28 retired by the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2015.[4]. [30] Playing regularly on a line with Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown, he recorded 22 goals and 53 points over 67 games, ranking fourth in team scoring. As a result, he was chosen to his first NHL All-Star Game in 2007. The Belfast Telegraph is a member of IPSO and subscribes to its Editors' Code of Practice Ryan Alexander Borden Smyth (born February 21, 1976) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played most of his career for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). A grieving father who lost his wife and daughter in a tragic accident has said the focus is now on his surviving child. In 1993–94, he improved to 50 goals and 105 points over 72 games, becoming a top NHL prospect. Sheen received no penalty on the play but was suspended 16 games by the league following a video review. In September 2004, the NHL and NHL Players Association held the first World Cup of Hockey in eight years. Facing the Czech Republic, they were shut out 3–0, earning the silver medal. Other Works Invited to attend Team Canada's 5-day Olympic orientation camp on Aug 15th that starts in Vancouver. The Kings qualified for the playoffs with the seventh seed and were eliminated in the first round by the San Jose Sharks. He recorded two goals and four points over nine games, en route to a 3–2 win over Sweden in the final. Named to the World Cup roster for Team Canada, along with 13 other NHLers who also won gold in the 2002 Olympics, in Salt Lake City. Clare Smyth and her daughter Bethany died at the scene when their quad bike collided with a tractor on Whitepark Road, County Antrim at 4pm … [19] Playing the first-seeded Buffalo Sabres in the opening round, the Islanders were defeated in five games. Her devastated father Ryan is maintaining a prayerful vigil at her bedside. [17] Two days later, he recorded his first goal as an Islander in a 6–2 win against the Washington Capitals. "[by whom?] Smyth missed the last two games of the playoffs with a foot injury, finishing with two goals and five points over eight games. Canada defended their gold medal the following year in the Czech Republic. Following his retirement from NHL play, Ryan Smyth played in the Alberta senior AAA men's hockey league. [9] Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Smyth spent the season inactive. Flowers and a child’s toy left near the scene of the crash. Publicity Listings Wife Stacey is expecting their second child, due at the end of April. [20] After debuting with the Avalanche on October 3, 2007, in a 4–3 win against the Dallas Stars,[21] he scored his first goal with his new team four days later. Becoming an unrestricted free agent in the subsequent off-season, he signed a five-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. It was reported that Smyth was asking for a long-term deal worth at least $5 million a season to remain in Edmonton. Her parents had been married for 15 years, having celebrated their wedding on Clare's 21st birthday. Ipso, An INM Website Having served as captain of Canada's World Championship team for a team record six years (2001–05 and 2010), he has earned the nickname "Captain Canada." Smyth contributed one assist in six games, helping Canada win their first Olympic gold medal in ice hockey since 1952. Smyth spent the entire 1996–97 season with the Oilers and improved to 39 goals (a career-high) and 61 points over 82 games. Ryan met his wife Stacey in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, where he played in the WHL (Canadain Western Hockey Leauge) for the Moose Jaw Warriors. In 1999–2000, he returned to form with a 28-goal, 54-point year. Becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007, Smyth signed a five-year, $31.2 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Four years later, Smyth was chosen to the Canada's men's team for the 1999 IIHF World Championship in Norway. On June 26, 2011, he was re-acquired by the Edmonton Oilers for Colin Fraser and a seventh round pick in 2012. [1] Early on in the tournament, he suffered an ankle injury during practice and was kept from the remainder of the competition. Sather, however, went with the opinion of scout Lorne Davis and selected Smyth instead. Nobody can believe it.". It marked the first time that this was the case in tournament history. The following season, he notched 19 goals and 33 points over 64 games as a rookie. Smyth was held to one assist in six games. [23] The duo was interrupted, however, as both players were sidelined with injuries for large portions of the season – Smyth's included neck, ankle and head ailments. Smyth retained his captaincy and helped Canada to the gold medal game for the third straight year. [31] Joining a team on a markedly different trajectory than Colorado, the Kings were an improving club. present) ( 3 children). Smyth's efforts helped them qualify for the playoffs for the first time since eight years. Smyth and his wife Stacey have three daughters, Isabella May (born July 9, 2003), Elizabeth Ann (born April 4, 2005) and Gabrielle Grace (born June 24, 2013) and one son, Alexander Kenneth (born June 26, 2008). [14] He stated he was going to win the Stanley Cup with the Islanders and bring it to Edmonton. He recorded two assists over nine games as Canada finished in fourth place, losing the bronze medal game to Sweden. "The Smyth family is well respected in the local area and runs a very clean organic farm that sold ice cream to the passing tourists," she added. [2] He will be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2020. [24] Limited to 55 games, he recorded 14 goals and 37 points, the lowest totals of his career since the 1998–99 season. Ryan Smyth was born on February 21, 1976 in Banff, Alberta, Canada as Ryan Alexander Gordon Smyth. Clare Smyth (35) and her youngest child Bethany were killed instantly when their vehicle collided with a tractor on the Whitepark Road in Ballycastle just before 5pm on Tuesday. He recorded two goals and seven points as Canada went undefeated in seven games to win the gold medal. During the 2008 playoffs, Smyth helped Colorado advance past the Minnesota Wild in the first round. For the remainder of his tenure with the Oilers, he remained in the 50–60 point range. The following season, he tallied his first goal, on November 24, 1995, against Trevor Kidd of the Calgary Flames while on the power play. He has won gold medals at the 1995 World Junior Championship, 2002 Winter Olympics, 2003 and 2004 World Championships, and 2004 World Cup. "We can only hope that love, compassion and prayer will be able to get around this family and help them.". He was also selected for the 2010 Winter Olympics summer roster for Team Canada in August 2009, but did not make the final roster cut.[41]. Smyth recorded one goal and three assists during the series. When the Oilers drafted him out of junior, it was said that General Manager Glen Sather was looking for someone with "lots of guts. Ulster Unionist councillor Joan Baird, who knows Ryan's father Gregg well, said the family were broken by grief. In December 2005, he was named to Canada's Olympic team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. "It's a tight-knit community around here and when the blue lights, sirens and helicopters descended here on Tuesday afternoon, everyone in the area felt the impact. Thursday, 5 November 2020 | 7.5°C Belfast, Menu "It's an unimaginable thing that's happened here. He had been known to use a two-piece stick (composite shaft with wooden blade) with a flat blade, both of which were trends which largely went out of date during or before Smyth's career. He helped the Warriors qualify for the playoffs for the first time in his tenure with the team and added 15 points over 10 post-season games. It is thought that Clare was taking a shortcut to another part of the farm when the fatal collision with their neighbour occurred. "There was something of a wider calm in the area before this latest accident catapulted the community into a state of grief and anxiety. Shocked friends posted messages on social media praying for Hannah's recovery and expressing their grief. Smyth is also Canada's all-time leader in games played at the tournament. Smyth played in the style of a power forward, depending largely on his size and strength to contribute offensively. In preparation for the 2001 IIHF World Championship in Germany, Smyth was named team captain for Canada; it marked the first of five years he served in that role, earning him the nickname "Captain Canada. The move was made to ensure the team did not lose Smyth for nothing, as he became an unrestricted free agent in the off-season. He went on to play the next eight and a half seasons in Edmonton. Later that year, he made his fourth consecutive appearance at the World Championship in Sweden. "There'll be so many people feeling that, due to social distancing, they can't go and actually give them the support and help that they need so much at this time.". The following year in Russia, Smyth improved to an international career-high three goals and nine points over nine games. We desperately want her to come through this. Despite a strong second NHL season, he struggled in the next two campaigns with 33- and 31-point efforts.