Ryan helped lead Maine to NCAA title game

Updated: April 12, 2004, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Maine defenseman Prestin Ryan to a one-year deal Monday.

Ryan will be assigned to Syracuse, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, for the Crunch's playoff run.

Ryan, 23, had four goals and 18 assists as a senior with a school-record 148 penalty minutes. He helped Maine to a 33-8-3 record and a spot in the NCAA championship game, which the Black Bears lost 1-0 to Denver on Saturday.

He had 11 goals, 35 assists and 359 penalty minutes in 119 career games at Maine.

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