Ryan O'Marra (born June 9,
1987 in Tokyo, Japan) is a
Canadian professional ice hockey
He is currently a centreman
for the Springfield Falcons
of the AHL
. His NHL
rights are held by the Edmonton Oilers
O'Marra was born to Irish Canadian
parents, and he moved to Canada when he was 1 year old.
attended Mentor College Primary School and Lorne Park
Secondary School both in Mississauga, Ontario.
He is 6 ft 1 in height and weighs 193 lb.
He played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League
for the Erie Otters
prior to joining the Bridgeport
Sound Tigers. In two seasons with the Otters he has earned 95
points (41 goals and 54 assists) in 127 regular season games. He
has also made 15 points (9 goals and 6 assists) in 15 playoff games
with the Otters.
After joining the Sound
following the conclusion of the 2005–06 OHL
season, O'Marra was returned to
Erie for his final junior-eligible season, 2006–07. The Otters got
off to a slow start, and O'Marra was traded to the Saginaw Spirit
in late November for promising
centre Zack Torquato
O'Marra won a gold medal as the assistant captain for Team Canada
at the 2004 U-18 Junior World
. He also played on the Canadian U-18 national
team that finished with a silver medal at the 2005 U-18 World
Championship in Plzeň, Czech Republic.
O'Marra was drafted in the first round 15th overall by the New York Islanders
in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
. He became the
first Japanese-born Canadian player selected in the first round of
an NHL draft. O'Marra is of Canadian background, but his parents
were living in Japan for business reasons when he was born. He was
part of the winning Canadian teams at the 2006
and 2007 World Junior Ice
On February 27, 2007, he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers
with Robert Nilsson
and the New York Islanders
1st round pick in the
2007 NHL Entry Draft
a student at Athabasca
On March 30, 2006, O'Marra was signed to a 3-year contract by the
New York Islanders
. He joined the
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Islanders AHL team.
On February 27, 2007, O'Marra was traded to the Edmonton Oilers
along with Robert Nilsson and a 1st round draft pick in 2007 to
acquire Ryan Smyth.
On November 10, 2009, O'Marra made his NHL debut against the Ottawa
Senators. He played 6 minutes and was a minus-1 in his first NHL