Ex-NHL prospect Daniel Ryder not guilty

Former NHL prospect Daniel Ryder has been found not guilty of robbery.
Daniel Ryder appeared in a Clarenville court room Jan.7. ((CBC))

Former NHL prospect Daniel Ryder was found not guilty Wednesday of robbery.

Ryder was charged with holding up a convenience store in his hometown of Bonavista in January 2010.

Judge Patrick Kennedy said that there was a high degree of suspicion that Ryder committed the crime but that wasn't enough evidence to convict him.

Three charges – theft, robbery with violence and wearing a disguise – were all dismissed.

Daniel Ryder was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2005. A year later, he won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the most valuable player in the 2006 Ontario Hockey League playoffs.