Ryan Getzlaf Bio: Love life, Awards, Family, Career & Net Worth

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Ryan Getzlaf is a professional Canadian ice hockey player and has an extraordinary playmaking center. He is an overall package that is currently a captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Getzlaf has devoted all his professional years to the Anaheim Ducks organization since his first-round selection, 19th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

To add, he is also one of the franchise’s all-time leading scorers and a member of the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup championship team in three NHL All-Star Games.

Ryan Getzlaf
Ryan Getzlaf

Overall, as a power forward, Getzlaf has led all the team’s games, even assists, playoff points, and second in overall points after Teemu Selanne. We have tabled all the general facts on the player below.

Quick Facts

Full Name Ryan Getzlaf
Date of Birth May 10, 1985
Birth Place Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Nick Name The Twins (with his teammate Perry)
Religion Christianity
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity White
Zodiac sign Taurus
Age 38 Years Old
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic
Father’s Name Steve Getzlaf
Mother’s Name Susan Getzlaf
Siblings An elder brother, Chris Getzlaf
Education Robert Usher Collegiate
Marital Status Married
Wife Paige Getzlaf
Kids Ryder Getzlaf (2011)

Gavin Getzlaf (2013)

Willa Getzlaf (2014)

Mac Getzlaf (2016)

Profession Ice hockey player
Position Centerman and captain
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
Active Years 2005–present
Net Worth $70 million
Merch Jersey, Autographed Items
Last Update February, 2024

Physical Attributes

Getzlaf is a tall, strong built man with a fair complexion. He has an oval face and stands tall at 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) while weighing 220 lb (100 kg).

Ryan Getzlaf | Early Life

Getzlaf was born under the star sign of Taurus on May 10, 1985. He is the younger son of Steve Getzlaf and Susan Getzlaf.

He grew up with his elder brother, Chris Getzlaf, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Getzlaf attended Robert Usher Collegiate in Regina.

To illustrate, their family were all sports-oriented; both Ryan and Chris were motivated to devote themselves to any one particular sport, especially hockey or football.

His elder brother, Chris, focused on football and ultimately joined their hometown Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League as a slotback.

Ryan with Anaheim
Ryan with Anaheim

While Ryan first played as a tailback in football and then represented Saskatchewan as a catcher in a national youth baseball tournament. Eventually, he played hockey and focused his career on it.

Ryan Getzlaf | Career

Junior Level

Season 2000-2001

In 2000, Getzlaf was a member of the Regina Bantam AAA Rangers when Getzlaf was drafted into the Western Hockey League (WHL) by the Calgary Hitmen 54th pick in the 2000 WHL Bantam Draft.

During Ryan’s draft, he was 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall to broaden the topic. However, by 16, he grew up 6 inches (0.15 m); thus, he was 6 ft 3 inches tall at enrolment.

Season 2001-2002

Getzlaf made his first debut and recorded 18 points in 63 games.

Season 2002-2003

As a 17-year-old, he made his mark in season 2002-2003 with 29 goals and 68 points. Due to his performance, he was the top prospect for the 2003 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.

Additionally, he was ranked as the fifth-best North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau draft. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim also selected him in the first round with the 19th overall.

Season 2003-2004

For this season, Getzlaf played for the Hitmen and scored 75 points in just 49 games. Thus, he was named to the WHL’s first all-star team.

Season 2004-2005

For this season, Getzlaf commenced his fourth season of junior hockey as he returned to Hitmen for NHL Lock-out.

He was the team captain; however, he was briefly removed from the position due to several misconduct penalties for arguing with the officials. In a week’s interval, he restored his position and maintained moderate interactions with the referees.

In the same season, during a match against the Red Deer Rebels, Getzlaf was hit by Dion Phaneuf, which resulted in a concussion. After his injury was healed, he finished the regular season with 54 points in 51 games.

Right after it, the Hitmen were eliminated from the WHL playoffs, and he got assigned to the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL) for their own playoff run.

In the end, Getzlaf had one goal and four assists in 10 post-season games for Cincinnati in his professional debut.

Anaheim Ducks

The Year 2005

Getzlaf made the Mighty Ducks’ roster out of training camp and commenced his season in Anaheim. Then, he made his NHL debut on October 5, 2005, against the Chicago Blackhawks.

He made his foremost point with an assist on October 14 against the Columbus Blue Jackets for the season. Seven days later, he made his first NHL goal against goaltender Manny Legace of the Detroit Red Wings.

When Getzlaf had seven points in his first 16 games with Anaheim, he was demoted to the AHL’s Portland Pirates in mid-November.

He gained more playing time here than he used to get in Anaheim. He appeared in 17 games for the Pirates, in which he scored 8 goals and added 25 assists.

Getzlaf and his teammate Corey Perry were titled AHL co-rookie of the month in December. Thereafter, he closed the NHL season with 14 goals and 39 points in 57 regular-season games and added seven points in 16 post-season contests.

The Year 2006

Getzlaf was named to the 2006 AHL All-Star game; however, he did not appear in it; thus, he was recalled to Anaheim in mid-January.

As his enrolment with the newly named Anaheim Ducks, he appeared in 82 regular season games scoring 25 goals and 58 points for his sophomore season.

The Year 2007

He played for the team in the YoungStars Game at the 2007 NHL All-Star  Game in Dallas. Right after it, teaming up with Corey Perry (21 years old) and Dustin Penner (24 years old), Getzlaf (22 years old) formed the Ducks’ “kid line.”

For the 2007 playoff run to Stanley Cup Finals, the Ducks’ “kid line” stood aloof as the top-scoring unit.

The Ducks, led by Getzlaf, defeated the Ottawa Senators in the final series with 17 points, a franchise playoff record. Hence, this became the first Stanley Cup championship in Anaheim’s franchise history.

The ducks Stanley cup
The Ducks Stanley cup

The Year 2008

Before the season 2007-08, the Ducks’ “kid line” got disbanded as Penner signed a contract as a restricted free agent with the Edmonton Oilers.

However, Getzlaf remained in Anaheim and signed a five-year, $26.625 million extension carried through the 2012–13 season.

Consequently, Getzlaf played his first All-Star Game leading the Ducks in both assists (58) and points (82).

As a result, he rose as one of the NHL’s top young stars. On October 29, he gained the 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Thus, tying the Ducks with their franchise history records with five assists.

Furthermore, as the league’s top scorer, he led the Ducks with a franchise-record 66 assists, and his 91 points were sixth-best in the NHL.

The Year 2009

As the startup of the year, he appeared in the NHL as the starting line-up after being voted by his fans. However, the Ducks were eliminated in the second round of the 2009 playoffs.

Having it, Getzlaf made the franchise’s playoff record with 14 assists (in 13 games) and finished sixth overall in post-season scoring.

In the end, Getzlaf was down with just 66 games with 50 assists and was second in team scoring with 69 points due to his ankle injury. At the end of the season, Getzlaf was made the captain right after the retirement of Scott Niedermayer.

The Year 2010-2011

The Ducks’ head coach Randy Carlyle described Getlaf’s promotion due to his maturity as an NHL player. This season was harsh with Getzlaf as he had multiple nasal sinus fractures due to the hit by a puck on his face.

As a result, he appeared in only 67 games; he recorded 19 goals. In the season-ending, Ryan was ranked fourth in the NHL with 57 assists. Furthermore, with his 50th career playoff point, he added six points in six postseason contests.

The Year 2012

On March 12, Getzlaf had the 500th game of his career, which came as a loss to the Colorado Avalanche. This year, he appeared in all 82 games and led the Ducks with 46 assists.

Ryan reaches 500th game of his career
Ryan reaches the 500th game of his career.

The Year 2013

This year with an assist on a Bobby Ryan goal, he covered another milestone of 500th point on March 8 with a 4–0 win over the Calgary Flames.

The same day, he signed an eight-year contract extension with the Ducks that runs through the 2021–22 season and is worth $66 million.

Likewise, he accomplished the 2012-13 NHL lock-out shortened campaign with 34 assists, 49 points and tied for the team lead with 15 goals.

The Year 2014

In the beginning, he made his career-high 31 goals and stood second to Sidney Crosby in the league, scoring 87 points. Following it, Getzlaf claimed the NHL’s most valuable player’s title as he stood as a first-term finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy.

Equally important, Getzlaf attended Anaheim’s opening contest in the 2014 playoffs against the Dallas Stars, where he suffered lacerations and bruises after blocking a shot with his face.

However, he continued for the second game of the series but missed the following two games due to an undisclosed “upper-body injury.”

Even though he returned for the remaining games and recorded 15 points in 12 post-season games, the Ducks were eventually eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round.

The Year 2015

In the 2015 play-offs, Getzlaf surpassed his own record of the Ducks’ most assists at 14. On May 22, he set the primary assist to his teammate Simon Després’ game-winning goal in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Year 2017

In 2017, Getzlaf was the finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award alongside Calgary Flames defencemen Mark Giordano and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno.

Following it, in 2017 play-offs Game 4 of the best of seven series against the Edmonton Oilers, Getzlaf tied down the franchise record of 35 playoff goals of his former teammate Teemu Selänne.

Besides, Getzlaf was fined $10,000 for using a homophobic slur to insult an on-ice official. He later made the following statement for it.

Getzlaf during his injury
Getzlaf during his injury

“That’s my responsibility to understand that there are eyes and ears on us all the time. Fortunately enough, nobody heard it.

If you can read lips, it’s a little bit harder, and I apologize for that. That’s a thing that you won’t hear from me again. I hope I didn’t offend anybody outside the circle that we trust.”

Getzlaf was sidelined from the game as he needed surgery after being hit by the puck in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. During the tenure, he missed 19 games as he returned on December 11 and contributed to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes3-2.

The Year 2018

For the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, The Ducks couldn’t make it more than the fourth round; the San Jose Sharks eliminated them.

Similarly, on April 23, Getzlaf was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as a player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and gives back to his community.

International Level

Getzlaf’s foremost international debut was at the 2002 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Manitoba. He debuted as a member of the seventh-place Canada-West entry.

The Year 2003

The following year, he partook at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships as a Canadian under-18 team member.

At first, he appeared in seven tournament games and recorded two goals and two assists as Canada. At his second time, he bagged the nation’s first gold medal at the U18 level.

The Year 2004

Getzlaf had two appearances in the World Junior Hockey Championship. As a national junior team member, he recorded six games for a Canadian squad that scored 25 goals in its four round-robin games.

However, they had to surrender four en route to the United States for a gold medal showdown.

In the early third period of the final, Canada led with 3-2; however, Getzlaf and Sidney Crosby failed to grab the opportunity. Therefore, Canada surrendered the lead resulting in the settlement for the silver medal.

The Year 2005

Getzlaf, along with various players, then returned to the national team for the 2005 World Junior Championship for the 2004–05 lock-out.

Getzlaf was the leading player in it, who was admired by the observers. For 6 games, he had 12 points thus, standing second in overall scoring to teammate Patrice Bergeron’s 13.

Subsequently, he helped Canada to win the nation’s first title in eight years at the event. Getzlaf had one goal and added two assists in the championship game against Russia, claiming the gold medal by a 6–1 score.

Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary Hitmen with gold medals
Ryan Getzlaf and Calgary Hitmen with gold medals

The Year 2008

Moving to his senior level, he made his first appearance at the 2008 World Championship. He stood second (14 points) behind his teammate Dany Heatley’s (20 points) as he led the tournament with 11 assists.

Russia took first place while Canada stood second with a score of 5-4.

The Year 2010

For the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Getzlaf appeared on the Canadian roster, where he played seven games, recording seven points to include the game-winning goal in Canada’s 3–2 semi-final victory over Slovakia.

This year, Canada took the victory home defeating the United States with a 3–2.

The Year 2012

Getzlaf led the 2012 World Championship as Canada’s team captain. Hence, he stood second in his team with nine points in eight games.

However, Canada was eliminated from the quarterfinal against Slovakia, 4–3. Additionally, Getzlaf had to pay the penalty for the game misconduct for kneeing Juraj Mikúš.

The Year 2014

Again, for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Getzlaf represented the Canadian roster. Furthermore, alongside fellow centers Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, Ryan was titled Canada’s successful defense of their Olympic title.

Likewise, that year they bagged the gold medal against Sweden by a 3–0 score.

Ryan Getzlaf | Play Style

Getzlaf is the power forward of the Ducks with an extraordinary playmaking center. He has a powerful shot, although, at times, he takes poor penalties. Altogether he has been termed as the perfect package’ by The Hockey Times.

Furthermore, he is one of the league’s top passers and the second-leading scorer in Ducks franchise history, behind only Teemu Selänne.

Not to mention his tag with the winger Corey Perry forming one of the NHL’s most potent scoring tandems. The duo has been called “The Twins” in Anaheim and has played together on World Junior Championship and Olympic gold medal teams.

Awards and Honors

  • WHL First All-Star Team (2003-04)
  • WHL Second All-Star Team (2004-05)
  • Stanley Cup champion (2006-07)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (2013-14)

Ryan Getzlaf | Net Worth

Getzlaf is estimated to have a net worth of $ 70 million, with his career earnings around $ 86,471,766.

The contract signed by Getzlaf with Anaheim in the year 2013 is worth $ 66 million. Furthermore, the contract has a life of eight years, which is until the year 2021.

Apart from his ice hockey career, Ryan owns luxurious assets as a car and a house. According to the source, he had sold his $6.025 million bungalows, which were located in Corona del Mar’s Cameo Shores area, covering the area of  5,400-square-foot.

Besides, he also sold his Tustin Ranch Estates house for $3.75 million, which was  6,900-square-foot.

Ryan Getzlaf | Love Life

Getzlaf is a married man with four kids. He married his long-time girlfriend, Paige Getzlaf. The duo shares a romantic relationship and has four children together; Ryder Getzlaf (2011), Gavin Getzlaf (2013), Willa Getzlaf (2014), and Mac Getzlaf (2016).

Getzlaf with his family
Getzlaf with his family

Paige Getzlaf is a nurse by profession who has even worked as a waiter. Together, they have been involved in charity works, raising $ 1.08 million for poor kids. Also, they have contributed $225,000 for the Orange County Children’s Hospital in 2015.

Social Media

Ryan Getzlaf’s social media account is still unknown to the fans aboard. There is no thread to hold on to for either his Instagram or his Twitter account. Hence, we have provided you the hashtags accounts below.

Ryan Getzlaf FAQs

Is Ryan Getzlaf a Hall of Famer?

No, Ryan Getzlaf is not a Hall of Famer. However, he is deserving of the spot as he solidified his spot as a roster when he was just a rookie.

What is Ryan Getzlaf doing currently?

Ryan Getzlaf is happily in his home, making a chicken coop.

When did Ryan Getzlaf get promoted to captain?

Ryan Getzlaf was named the team’s captain before the 2010-11 season. 

What is the jersey number of Ryan Getzlaf?

Ryan Getzlaf features in the jersey number 15 for Anaheim Ducks and Canadian National Men’s hockey.

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