Terry Ryan was selected 8th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected as the 1st choice of the Montreal Canadiens.
Despite his high ranking, Ryan played only 8 games in the NHL over parts of three seasons, all spent with Montreal, failing to register a single point and suffering a career ending ankle injury in 2001 ending his chances at returning to the big leagues. Due to such a short NHL career, Ryan is often considered a draft bust. The majority of his career was spent in the minor professional hockey leagues. He signed in St John's in 1999-2000 to play for hometown Maple Leafs but was never signed by Toronto themselves due to contract conflict with the Canadiens.
In 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 Ryan represented Canada at the ISBHF ball hockey tournament in Switzerland, Pittsburgh, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Canada respectively. He led the team to a gold medal in '03 and '07, won a silver in 2011, and won a bronze medal representing Canada again at the 2013 Worlds in St John's, NL, his hometown. In 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia, Ryan was Canada's leading scorer. He also has two national ball hockey championships to his credit (Montreal Black Knights, 2008 and Newfoundland Black Horse, 2010).
Ryan is currently playing Newfoundland Senior hockey with the St. John's Capitals of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League.
Terry Ryan, raised in Mount Pearl, started playing sports at an early age. Terry's father - Terry Ryan Sr. - played for the Hamilton Red Wings in the OHA before venturing on his own hockey quest that would see him play 5 years of pro hockey highlighted by a year in the WHA with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. In 1991 at 14 years of age, Terry was invited to play Junior “A” hockey for the Quesnel Millionaires in BC for two years, where he won the Top Scorer Award and was selected as a member of the Rocky Mountain League All Star Team.
Terry was also the third overall draft pick in the Western Hockey League Bantam draft by the Tri-City Americans. It was in the Junior Western Hockey League that he was named Rookie of the year in ’93 and Most Improved Player in ‘94. The following year, he won the WHL's Plus-Minus Award, was named Most Spirited Player, and claimed the fourth overall ranking in league scoring (50 goals, 60 assists). In the 1995 NHL draft Terry was the first draft pick for the Montreal Canadiens and the eighth pick overall. Terry’s hockey career continued with the Fredericton Canadiens where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1998, claimed second in goals (21) and led the league in fights (34).
In 2000, he won the St. John’s Maple Leafs Humanitarian of the Year Award; in 2003 he led the Orlando Seals with playoff goals (8) which helped them win the league championship; in 2006 he was named Top Scorer for the Avalon East league and the Newfoundland Provincial League; in 2007 Terry played Newfoundland Senior Hockey claiming the title of MVP and Avalon East Top Scorer. In 2008, he played with the Bentley Generals of the Alberta Senior Hockey League winning a silver medal at the Allan Cup and was named Top Scorer.
Ryan works in the film industry and has appeared on several episodes of the hit CBC television program Republic of Doyle, playing small roles. He has also played himself in the OLN's "Road Hockey Rumble", and played Zombie #22 in Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" (2004). He is an avid baseball player in the summers, suiting up for the Mount Pearl Knights of the St John's men's baseball league. He is playing Newfoundland Senior hockey with the Clarenville Caribous and recently completed a degree - a bachelor of Arts (Folklore/English). The Caribous lost the 2014 Allan Cup final to the Dundas Real McCoys,in overtime.
He released his first book, "Tales of a First Round Nothing" in May 2014, and it was well received by critics.
Ryan is now trying his hand at stand up comedy and performed his second show opening for Gerry Dee at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario on April 22, 2016; He was also "British Soldier #1" (Episode 1) - the first on-screen casualty in the Netflix/Discovery Channel television series FRONTIER, starring Jason Momoa in the lead role.