Ritchie with the Dallas Stars in 2015
July 1, 1993|
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
44th overall, 2011|
Brett Ritchie (born July 1, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Dallas Stars, 44th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
He attended The Hill Academy.
In 2009–10 Ritchie scored 13 goals and 16 assists in 65 games for the Sarnia Sting during his first season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). During his second season he missed approximately a month of the season due to mononucleosis, but despite playing just 49 games, his scoring improved to 21 goals and 20 assists during the 2010–11 season. Unfortunately, due to his illness during the mid-season, Ritchie missed his opportunity to play in the 2011 CHL Top Prospects Game.
On January 5, 2012 Ritchie was traded to the Niagara Icedogs for Guelph's 2012 2nd round pick, Peterborough's 2014 2nd round pick, and Niagara's own 2013 2nd and 5th round picks – all of which Sarnia immediately traded to Mississauga to acquire goalie JP Anderson.
On July 11, 2012, Ritchie signed a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas Stars. Ritchie began his professional career April 5, 2013 with the Texas Stars against the Oklahoma City Barons, where he scored his first professional goal. Ritchie achieved a hat trick after scoring his third goal of the night on an empty net in the Texas Star's game against the Charlotte Checkers on December 27, 2014.
After seven seasons within the Stars organization, on June 25, 2019, Ritchie was not tendered a qualifying offer enabling him to become a free agent on July 1. Marking his 26th birthday on the opening day of free agency, Ritchie was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Boston Bruins.
Brett's younger brother, Nick Ritchie, plays in the NHL for the Boston Bruins. Nick was drafted 10th overall by the Anaheim Ducks at the NHL Entry Draft. During the 2012–13 season Brett played with Team Canada to win gold medals at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships.
Regular season and playoffs
|Men's ice hockey|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
Awards and honours
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge Silver Medal (Team Ontario)||2010|||
|IIHF World U18 Championship Team Canada||2011|||
|Calder Cup Champion||2014|
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- "Sting acquire JP Anderson from Majors". Sarnia Sting. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- "Ritchies hat-trick helps Stars beat Checkers". statesman.com. 2014-12-27. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
- "Stars announce qualifying offers to six players". Dallas Stars. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
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- "Bruins vs. Stars - Play-By-Play - October 3, 2019". ESPN. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
- "World U17 medalists". eliteprospects.com. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
- "No medal for Canadian U18 team". Toronto Sun. 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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