Ryan White is a native of Brandon, Manitoba and has evolved into a consistently dependable performer in Calgary. The club uses White in all situations and is clearly impressed with is ability to lead through consistent on-ice production. This past season, the durable forward played in all 72 regular season games, scoring 20 goals and 33 assists. With 121 penalty minutes, White established himself as a player not hesitant to mix things up when need be. White was chosen in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
2006-07: The Calgary Hitmen (WHL) center had another great season, claiming career-highs in goals (34), assists (55) and points (89). He excelled in the playoffs, notching 14 points (6g+8a) in 18 postseason games.
2007-08: White netted 28 goals and 72 points in 68 games with Calgary (WHL) this season. He showed that he can still produce in the playoffs, tallying 17 points (6g+11a) in 16 games. He was nominated to the WHL East All-Star second team for his efforts.
2008-09: In his first season of pro hockey, White joined up with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), where he scored 11 goals and 29 points in 80 games. He also racked up another four points (3g+1a) in six playoff games.
2009-10: Another in a long list of centers with the Bulldogs, White played a role on a very deep Bulldog team, scoring 34 points in 62 games. He was another in a long list of call ups to the Canadiens, playing in 16 games, but only tallying 2 assists.
2010-11: White saw his most extensive NHL action to date, appearing in 27 games with the Canadiens in his third season in the Montreal organization after being re-called from AHL Hamilton in late January. Used mostly in a fourth-line role by the Canadiens, White scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +5 with 38 PMs while averaging just under nine minutes of ice time. White was in the lineup for all seven playoff games in the Canadiens first round series with Stanley Cup champion Boston and was scoreless with an even plus/minus and had two PMs. In 33 games with Hamilton during the AHL regular season, he scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was -5 with 77 PMs for the North Division champs. White returned to Hamilton after Montreal was eliminated from the playoffs and played thirteen playoff games with the Bulldogs; he scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +5 with 37 PMs. White was re-signed by Montreal to a one-year contract in July 2011.
2011-12: White did not play his first game until mid-February and skated in 20 NHL games for the Canadians in his fourth pro season. He missed much of the season due to hernia surgery (53 games) and also missing three games at the end of the year due to headache problems. He had 3 assists and was minus-seven with 61 penalty minutes; averaging 14:31 minutes of ice time for Montreal. White played four games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in conditioning assignments and scored 4 goals with 1 assist. He signed a one-year contract with Montreal in June, 2012.
Checking, and providing grit and energy is what White does best. He is also noted for his energy, feistiness and work ethic. He has the speed to fit on virtually any line, and is not afraid to drop the gloves against virtually any challenger.
White forced the Canadiens to take a long, hard look at him during training camp this past fall, and will certainly do the same this season.