Ryan Steeves completed an outstanding career at Yale University in 2003-04. He finished his senior season with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) playing in all 31 games. His 26 points ranked fourth on the Bulldogs team in that category. He also ranked tied for first on the team in short-handed goals scored with three. For the 2003-04 season, Steeves was named the recipient of Yale’s Edward M. Wright MD Award, which is given annually to the player who displays excellence, leadership and dedication on the ice and in the classroom. He completes his collegiate career with a respectable 91 points (37 goals, 54 assists) playing all but eight games. All eight games he missed came during his freshman season. Steeves twice earned a spot on the ECAC All-Academic Team for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.
Steeves had his best season at Yale during the 2002-03 season, where he led the Bulldogs in assists (23) and finished second on the team in scoring with 38 points.
Prior to his arrival at Yale, Steeves played for the Ottawa Junior Senators (CJHL). In the 1999-2000 season, Steeves led the Senators in scoring with 75 points (36 goals, 39 assists) playing 55 games. That season, he was named to the CJHL All-Star and was the recipient of the CJHL’s Academic Scholar Award.
Steeves is a skilled forward who possesses tremendous speed. An excellent skater, he also possesses good acceleration and moves extremely well through traffic. He has shown a willingness to challenge opposing defensemen one-on-one in breakaway situations. Steeves plays with a great deal of energy and is relentless in his pursuit of loose pucks. He doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game and can finish his checks. Steeves is a smart player who follows plays quite well. He moves the puck very well and is an outstanding passer. He’ll shoot the puck as often as the opportunity presents itself and possesses a quick release. Steeves play excels around the net, where he can usually be found creating havoc for and often times battling with opposing goaltenders for the puck. While Steeves has shown that he can be defensively responsible, it is also one area that can use some improvement.