Goaltender Ryan Bednard with ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Feb 19th 2023

By Abbotsford Canucks

Abbotsford Canucks General Manager, Ryan Johnson, announced today that the club has signed goaltender Ryan Bednard to a professional try out agreement.

Bednard, 25, joins Abbotsford from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL, where he has posted an 18-6-2 record over 26 games. He began the 2022-23 season with Wheeling (ECHL) before being traded to Greenville on Dec. 9. Bednard currently ranks tied for second among ECHL goaltenders this season in wins (20) while ranking tied for seventh in save percentage (.921).

The 6’5, 207-pound goaltender is skating in his fifth professional season. He has amassed a 64-43-14 record over 124 career ECHL regular season games with nine shutouts, a .911 save percentage and a 2.75 goals-against average. During the 2020-21 ECHL season, he received ECHL goaltender of the week honours on four separate occasions.

A former seventh-round pick (206th overall) of the Florida Panthers in 2015, Bednard has also played 11 AHL games between Springfield, Syracuse and Hershey, posting a 5-5-0 record with one shutout, a .900 save percentage and a 3.23 goals-against average.

A native of Macomb, Michigan, Bednard played three NCAA seasons with Bowling Green State University and received Third Team All-Star honours by the WCHA conference during his junior year in 2018-19.

Ryan Johnson also announced today that the Canucks have subsequently released goaltender Raphaël Audet from his amateur try out agreement.

Canucks’ Pettersson Tied For 7th Spot In NHL Scoring

VANCOUVER, CANADA – FEBRUARY 18: Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks and Rasmus Ristolainen #55 of the Philadelphia Flyers battle for the puck during the second period. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Andrew Phillip Chernoff February 19, 2023

Vancouver Canuck Elias Pettersson is tied for 7th place in the NHL after the completion of Sunday games on February 19th.

He has 27 goals and 44 assists and is a plus+5 in 54 games played this season.

The 2023 NHL All-Star forward factored in five of his team’s six goals (2+3=5) on the weekend as the Canucks defeated the Flyers at Rogers Arena on Saturday, February 18th by the score of 6-2.

It marked Pettersson’s fifth career five-point game, surpassing Daniel AlfredssonThomas Steen and Ulf Nilsson (all w/ 4) and tying Nicklas Backstrom for the third most in NHL history by a Swedish-born player – Peter Forsberg and Kent Nilsson (both w/ 9) pace the list. (Source:

In his last 5-games Pettersson has 5 goals and 6 assists.