A sturdy forward who represented the Canadiens at the 1983 All-Star Game, Ryan Walter played over 1,000 NHL games in his career, spending the majority of his time in a Montreal sweater. Drafted second overall by Washington in 1978, Montreal acquired the rugged forward in a blockbuster trade prior to the 1982-83 season.In four years with the Caps, Walter went from raw recruit to one of the most coveted young stars in the NHL. After a 28-goal, 55-point rookie campaign in 1978-79, Walter was named team captain prior to the start of his sophomore year, a title he would keep for the rest of his time in Washington. He upped his offensive numbers annually while playing a tough, physical style that often saw him sent to the box for more than 100 penalty minutes each season.
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