26 2018-19 ST. LOUIS BLUES YEARBOOK
Steve Ott was named an assistant coach on May 25, 2017.
Ott crafted a 14-year NHL career, including stints with Dallas, Buffalo, St. Louis, Detroit, and Montreal. He spent the
majority of his career with the Stars, where he appeared in 566 games and recorded 220 points – the 37th most in
Stars franchise history.
In 2013-14, he served as captain of Buffalo before being acquired by the Blues on Feb. 28, 2014. Ott spent two
seasons in St. Louis, appearing in 99 regular season games and 15 post season games. Following his time in St.
Louis, Ott began his final NHL season with Detroit before being acquired by Montreal prior to the 2017 postseason.
Originally drafted 25th overall by Dallas in 2000, the Summerside, PEI, native totaled 288 points (109 goals, 179
assists) along with 1,555 penalty minutes in 848 career NHL games.
MIKE VAN RYN
Van Ryn was named assistant coach on May 30, 2018. He spent last season as the head coach of the American
Hockey League’s (AHL) Tucson Roadrunners, where he led the club to the Pacific Division title after posting a regular
season record of 42-20-6. Prior to serving as head coach of the Roadrunners, Van Ryn joined the Arizona Coyotes,
the Roadrunners’ National Hockey League (NHL) affiliate, as the team’s development coach in August of 2016. Previously,
he spent three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Kitchener Rangers, including 2015-16, when
he guided the Rangers to a 44-17-7 record as head coach. Van Ryn also spent two seasons as an assistant coach
with the AHL’s Houston Aeros after beginning his coaching career as an assistant with the OHL’ s Niagara IceDogs
A native of London, Ontario, Van Ryn was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry
Draft. He went on to craft an eight-year NHL career, including his first three seasons in St. Louis. As a Blue, Van Ryn
dressed in 69 regular season games, collecting 13 points. After St. Louis, he spent four seasons with the Florida
Panthers before playing his final season with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008-09. Overall, Van Ryn appeared in 353
career NHL regular season games, amassing 129 points (30 goals, 99 assists).