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WINGS RE-SIGN McGRATH AND OULAHEN


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings, parent club of the Grand Rapids Griffins, on Wednesday re-signed left wing Ryan Oulahen (OH-la-hehn) and center Evan McGrath to one-year contracts.

Oulahen, 24, is preparing for the fifth season of his pro career, the entirety of which has been spent in a Griffins uniform. In 2008-09, the team’s alternate captain set career highs with 19 goals and 31 points in 73 appearances, placing fourth on the club in goals. Detroit’s third choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Oulahen ranks among the Griffins’ all-time leaders with 302 games played (3rd), five shorthanded goals (T5th), six unassisted goals (T5th) and 504 shots (7th), to go with 107 points (53-54—107) and 140 penalty minutes.

Despite suffering a dislocated hip on March 27 at Norfolk that prematurely ended his 2008-09 season, Oulahen has shown remarkable durability during his career, missing only 18 of 320 regular season contests and appearing in 155 straight games (including playoffs) from Oct. 27, 2006 to Apr. 2, 2008. The team’s one-time co-captain (2007-08) is renowned for his defensive abilities and was a key factor in the Griffins’ third-place ranking in penalty killing last season.

McGrath, 23, enters his fourth pro season after enjoying his most productive campaign last year. In 68 games, he ranked fourth on the Griffins with 30 assists and 47 points – both career highs – and placed fifth on the squad with 17 goals, one shy of his personal best. McGrath’s contributions were halted by a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing in the last four regular season contests and the Griffins’ entire playoff run.

A regular in the shootout, McGrath is currently tied for second on the Griffins’ all-time list with 11 career tallies and ranks fourth with 24 shootout attempts, following his 3-for-9 performance last season. Detroit’s second choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft shows 96 points (41-55—96) and 91 PIM in 205 career games with Grand Rapids.


16 RYAN OULAHEN * Left Wing

Height
: 6'1"     Weight: 195     Shoots: Left     Born: 3/26/85 in Newmarket, Ontario
Drafted: Detroit's 3rd choice, 164th overall, in 2003 NHL Entry Draft

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2000-01 Wexford OMHA 66 38 58 96 18 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Newmarket OPJHL 48 18 17 35 4 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Brampton OHL 61 21 22 43 6 11 2 1 3 2
2003-04 Brampton OHL 57 17 18 35 26 12 3 7 10 6
2004-05 Brampton OHL 64 27 31 58 22 5 1 4 5 4
2005-06 Grand Rapids AHL 75 9 10 19 20 16 0 0 0 2
2006-07 Grand Rapids AHL 79 11 16 27 42 7 0 2 2 4
2007-08 Grand Rapids AHL 75 14 16 30 47 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Grand Rapids AHL 73 19 12 31 31 -- -- -- -- --
  GRIFFINS/AHL/PRO TOTALS  302 53 54 107 140 23 0 2 2 6


9 EVAN McGRATH * Center

Height
: 6'0"     Weight: 195     Shoots: Left     Born: 1/14/86 in Oakville, Ontario
Drafted: Detroit's 2nd choice, 128th overall, in 2004 NHL Entry Draft
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2001-02 Oakville OPJHL 49 43 44 87 24 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Kitchener OHL 64 16 31 47 40 21 6 2 8 6
2003-04 Kitchener OHL 68 15 36 51 28 5 2 1 3 2
2004-05 Kitchener OHL 67 28 59 87 51 15 7 6 13 6
2005-06 Kitchener OHL 67 37 77 114 63 5 1 3 4 4
2006-07 Grand Rapids AHL 59 6 8 14 41 7 0 0 0 2
  Toledo ECHL 9 6 9 15 12 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Grand Rapids AHL 78 18 17 35 26 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Grand Rapids AHL 68 17 30 47 24 -- -- -- -- --
  GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS  205 41 55 96 91 7 0 2 2 6
  PRO TOTALS 214 47 64 111 103 7 0 0 0 0
 

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