Ryan’s Highlight Reel
Ryan Walter played and coached 17 seasons and over 1100 games in the National Hockey League. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, Ryan was named the youngest NHL captain in his second of 4 seasons, went on to play 9 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, winning a Stanley Cup in 1986, and finally returned to his home town to play his last 2 years for the Vancouver Canucks. He was named Team Canada Captain in the World Junior Tournament, was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game in 1983 and for Team Canada in 3 World Championships, became a Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association, and was honoured as NHL Man of the Year in 1992.
Ryan has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership/Business, is the author of 5 books, the creator of the board game Trade Deadline Hockey and electronic Transfer Deadline, and a regular contributor to both online and print magazines, newspapers, radio and television. In addition, he has been the co-founder and president of two start-up companies, an NHL and IIHF coach, a TV hockey broadcaster, a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies, and President of a professional hockey team.
Ryan is a member of the board of directors of the Hockey Canada Foundation and sits on the Seton Hall Stillman School of Business Leadership Advisory Council. Hundreds of companies and organizations have leveraged Ryan’s academic research and high performance history to develop their leaders, synergize their teams, and increase performance to activate positive change. Ryan’s enthusiasm from the screen, the page, the boardroom, and the podium is contagious as he fulfills his mission to “inspire the hungry spirit!”