Born: Newmarket, Ont.
Date: March 26, 1985
Resides: North Bay, Ont.
Ryan Oulahen joined the Battalion as an assistant coach in January, 2011, and was named lead assistant coach at the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
Oulahen, a former Battalion captain, played five professional seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. He suffered a career-ending injury on March 27, 2009, and retired at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season after undergoing two operations and countless attempts at rehabilitation to repair a dislocated hip.
Oulahen, Detroit’s fifth-round choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, served as an alternate captain with Grand Rapids in his sophomore 2006-07 campaign, and was named captain in 2007-08. With the arrival of several veteran players the following year, Darren Haydar was named captain and Oulahen served as an alternate.
He scored his first AHL goal against the Cleveland Barons on Nov. 18, 2005, and completed his pro career with 53 goals and 54 assists for 107 points in 302 games, all in the AHL.
Oulahen was the Battalion’s second of two fourth-round picks in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection and scored 65 goals and added 71 assists for 136 points in 182 games with the Troops. He served as alternate captain in 2003-04, and was named captain for the 2004-05 campaign.
He played minor hockey in Newmarket before moving to the Wexford Raiders AAA organization. He returned to Newmarket to play with the junior A Hurricanes in 2001-02.
Oulahen studied business at York University for two years while playing for the Battalion, and continues his education with online courses through Athabasca University.
Oulahen and his wife Kendal reside in North Bay with their two sons, Cole and Hudson.