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10-31-2009, 03:55 AM
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C/LW Ryan Walter



-6'0", 200 lbs
-646 career points, 946 career PIM
-7 20 goal seasons

-in 1979, he became the first (of 6) 21 year olds to captain an NHL team
-named Capital's MVP in 81-82
-1983 All Star Game
-Stanley Cup in 1986
-19 points in 17 playoff games in 1987




Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Ryan Walter was a born leader.
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Walter described his style of hockey:

"I was a bit adaptable I think over 15 seasons. In the beginning, I think it was I was pretty aggressive and a Rick Tocchet type of player that scored goals and had to sort of play a very rounded game. I played center and wing in those early years.

"Coming into Montreal, early in my time there, I was playing with Guy Lafleur and XXX and so it was more of an offensive bent obviously. And then, about half way through my time there, I ended up being a bit more of a defensive specialist and that continued through Vancouver."

Walter was a deceptively strong person, with leg power and balance being the trademark of his skating. He was a tenacious checker who was able to drive through his checks. He also possessed a great understanding of the game, and was able to read the play and anticipate his check's moves ahead of time. His vision enabled him to position himself perfectly to break up plays. Never possessing the quick release needed to become a top shooter, Walter was an opportunistic scorer who scored 264 goals in 1003 NHL games.


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