The younger brother of Boston Bruins' forward Michael Ryder has been charged with armed robbery in Bonavista, Newfoundland.
The RCMP reported on Wednesday that Daniel Ryder has turned himself in to police. The St. John's Telegram is reporting that Ryder will remain in custody pending a psychiatric fitness assessment before he appears in provincial court on Jan. 14.
On Tuesday, a suspect allegedly committed armed robbery at a convenience store in Bonavista. Police say a man entered the store with his face partially obscured by a scarf, and told the cashier that he had a gun.
Police say that Ryder is facing charges of using a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, and theft under $5,000.
Daniel Ryder, who turns 23 on Jan. 12, was a third round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2005 draft. The Flames issued the following statement regarding Ryder's situation.
"It is disappointing when you hear any troubling news regarding former players. Hockey aside, of foremost importance is their welfare and well being. We hope that Daniel is able to overcome his challenges and make a positive contribution in his community."
Ryder was a star in junior hockey for the OHL's Peterborough Petes and Plymouth Whalers from 2003-07, where he compiled 127 goals and 308 points as a centre. In 2005-06, he led the Petes in playoff scoring as the team made an appearance in the Memorial Cup, and was awarded the Wayne Gretzky Award as playoff MVP.
Once drafted by Calgary, he signed a three-year entry level contract and was assigned to the Quad Cities Flames of the AHL. But just six games into his pro career, he abruptly quit the team and was suspended by Calgary. He eventually returned to the team for the 2008-09 campaign, and played 19 games before he was sent to Las Vegas of the ECHL. He finished last season on loan to the Providence Bruins of the AHL, and has not played since.
- with files from the St. John's Telegram