2004-05: Playing for Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey), as well as the Brick Hockey Club (New Jersey), James van Riemsdyk totaled 60 points (36 goals, 24 assists) in just 30 games. He was named First-Team All-State. Despite his great production, he was not widely recognized until he attended a USA Hockey Summer Camp.
2005-06: van Riemsdyk split his inaugural season with the NTDP between the U-17 and U-18 team. In 42 games with the U-17 team, van Riemsdyk recorded 42 points (26 goals, 16 assists) and 62 PIM in 55 games. In 14 games with the U-18 Team, van Riemsdyk recorded four points (one goal, three assists). He was a member of the U-18 Team USA squad that won the gold at the Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championships. He was also an instrumental piece of the U-17 Team USA squad that won the silver medal at the 2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where in seven games he notched nine points (five goals, four assists), and was subsequently named to the All-Tournament Team.
2006-07: van Riemsdyk proved himself as an upper-first round draft pick during his second season playing for the NTDP. Using his 6’3, 200 LBS frame, vanRiemsdyk powered his way to a 63-point season (33 goals, 30 assists) and 81 PIM in just 42 games. He led the NTDP in goals, points, PPG (11), and GWG (6). He finished second overall on the NTDP in assists and PIM. He skated for Team USA at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden. Heading into the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, van Riemsdyk was ranked third among NA skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
2007-08: van Riemsdyk was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team while leading all UNH rookies in scoring with 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points. He recorded 1.03 points per game this season and had eight multi-point games including a career-high four points (1g+3a) on Nov. 17 at Providence. He was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Jan. 14 after four points in a weekend sweep of UMass. He ranked 15th in assists and 22nd in points per game in the nation, while ranking third on the team in scoring and fourth in Hockey East rookie scoring. He ranked fourth nationally in rookie scoring and was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for March. He finished the season at +14. He represented Team USA in the WJC, netting five goals and adding six assists in six games.
Van Riemsdyk is a big powerful winger who brings good speed to the table. He is a very complete talent.
James van Riemsdyk was dealt by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Toronto Maple Leafs in June of 2012.