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O’Byrne recalled by Montreal

ham_200.jpgMontreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey announced today that defenseman Ryan O’Byrne has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

O’Byrne, 24, has played in 18 games with the Bulldogs in 2008-2009, recording six points (one goal, five assists) and 35 penalty minutes.

In 29 games with Montreal this season, the 6-foot-6, 228-pound blueliner has registered three assists and 29 penalty minutes. In 62 career regular-season games with the Canadiens, O’Byrne has posted 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and 74 penalty minutes. In 118 career regular-season games with Hamilton, the right-handed defenseman has notched 26 points (three goals, 23 assists) and 213 penalty minutes.

In 22 post-season games with the Bulldogs, all during the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Victoria, B.C., native tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) along with 32 penalty minutes as Hamilton won the Calder Cup.

O’Byrne was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.