Ryan O'Byrne played in the BCHL for the Nanaimo Clippers, before heading off to Cornell of the ECAC.
O’Byrne had a solid sophomore season in 2004-05, seeing increased ice time and even some limited power play time. He had a career year both offensively and defensively. After scoring two points all of last season, he scored three goals and 10 points, one of his goals being on the penalty kill. Known of his hulking size and physical play, O’Byrne cut down on going after the big hit that often took him out of place positionally.
2005-06: O'Byrne enjoyed another impressive season with the Big Red, surpassing his career high point toatl by one point. He also played a big role inCornell’s power play, where he scored five of his six goals on special teams. A solid competitor, he got more disciplined as the seasons went by. He saw a lot of ice time and was a key element in the Big Red success over the last two years. O'Byrne elected to forgo his senior season, and signed a scontract with the Canadiens during the offseason.
2006-07: As a rookie with the Hamilton Bulldogs, O'Byrne became a rock on the blueline He stumbled a bit in the early going, but managed to hit his stride mid-season, and put himself in teh running for a spot on the Montreal roster. He also showcased a little offensive flair this season to go along with his defensive prowess. In the 14 games during the playoffs, the hulking blueliner has scored one goal and added five assists. During the regular season, O’Byrne was goalless, but added 14 helpers.
2007-08: O’Byrne split time between Hamilton (AHL) and Montreal during the 2007-08 season. He appeared in 20 games for Hamilton, recording eight points (2+6) and 49 PIM, but was called up and played in 33 games with the Canadiens. As a Hab, O’Byrne recorded seven points (1+6) and 45 minutes in the box. He was -2 in four postseason games with Montreal.
O'Byrne is a big body who brings toughness, solid positional play, and defensive ability to the lineup. His greatest asset is his size, which makes him an intimidating physical presence, particularly around his own net.
O'Byrne was dealt by the Colorado Avalanche to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2013 NHL trade deadline.