Notre Dame team captain who has fashioned a classic story, after first joining the program as a last-minute walk-on in 1997-98 ... received no Division I offers after playing two years of junior hockey with the Twin City Vulcans, prompting a move to Palm Springs, Calif., where he was living with his grandparents while planning to attend a local junior college and become a golf pro ... his career took a dramatic turn back to the Midwest when former Irish assistant coach Tom Carroll-a college teammate of vulcans coach Jim Johansson-extended a late walk-in invitation in March of 1997 ... made his decision to attend Notre Dame after touring a vacant post-graduation campus and consulting with fellow Minnesota native and future Irish teammate Brian Urick ... has continued to make strides during each season of his Irish career while developing into a clutch goalscorer and solid all-around player ... his evolving leadership was recognized by the Irish coaches midway through the 1999-2000 season, when he was named the squad's youngest alternate captain ... became known as an uncanny goalscorer in practice as a freshman, with that ability manifesting itself in a crucial game situation-when he left his imprint on the 1998 CCHA quarterfinal series at Michigan by scoring the game-winning goal in the 4-2 opener before tying the third game, 3-3 (Michigan escaped with a 4-3 win) ... picked up where he left off in 1998-99 opener, when he scored the first goal in the history of Wisconsin's Kohl Center-sparking the Irish to a 2-1 win that silenced more than 14,000 rabid Badgers fans (the rivals of his Minnesota youth) ... added another landmark goal in his junior season, scoring late in third period for 1-0 win over Michigan State ... rediscovered his postseason magic in 2000 CCHA playoff series versus Ferris State, when he scored in all three games to help Irish advance to the CCHA semifinals ... joins classmate Dan Carlson as only returners from Notre Dame's 1999-2000 first power-play unit ... his brother Kyle is a walk-on candiate with the Irish hockey program while his 15-year-old sister Linsey is one of the senior leaders of the girl's hockey team at Benilde St. Margaret's (Minn.) High School ... one of 10 current Irish players who are products of the United States Hockey League ... one of eight Minnesota natives on 2000-01 Irish roster and one of 79 all-time Notre Dame hockey letterwinners from Minnesota (out of 234) ... noteworthy former Irish players to wear No. 27 include defensemen Rob Copeland ('88-'92, 6G-12A in 74 career games), Dan Sawyer ('89-'92, 24G-41A, 129 GP) and Ben Nelsen ('93-'97, 16G-32A, 142 GP) ... could face two former Vulcans teammates in 2000-01: Bowling Green defenseman Doug Schueller and Ohio State winger Ben Wolke.
CAREER NOTES: Heads into his senior season with 18 goals (four power-play, four game-winners) and 18 assists in 103 career games played, plus a -11 plus-minus ratio ... part of a senior class that has played in three CCHA first-round playoff series that were extended to the maximum three games (plus a 2000 trip to the CCHA semifinals) ... whistled for just 29 penalties (66 minutes) in 103 career games (one every 3.6 games) ... takes team-best streak of 64 consecutive games played into 2000-01 season ... made surprising contributions in 1998 CCHA playoff series at Michigan (two goals, including game-winner) but was shut out in 1999 playoff series with Northern Michigan before scoring in all three games of 2000 Ferris State playoff matchup ... his 25 career points versus CCHA teams include three goals and one assist versus both Northern Michigan and Michigan.
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in all 42 games as first and second-line right wing ... ranked fourth on team with career-best 24 points (10G-14A)-double the total from his first two seasons (8G-4A) ... skated on first power-play unit for most of season, alongside senior forwards Ben Simon and Joe Dusbabek, senior defenseman Tyson Fraser and Carlson ... the Irish were undefeated (8-2-0) when he scored a goal ... had Notre Dame's greatest disparity of goal production between home games (9G-5A) and all road games (1G-9A) ... his other season stats included 14 penalties (for 36 minutes), four power-play goals, two game-wining goals and a -8 plus-minus ratio ... ranked fourth on team with 14 power-play points (including 10 power-play assists) ... second on team with five game-winning points, including three assists that led to game-winners ... totaled three multi-point games ... scored in season-opening loss to Michigan (5-3) ... assisted on David Inman's power-play goal for 1-0 lead in 4-1 win over Union ... slid a pass to Inman for 4-0 lead in 5-2 win over Miami ... ignited Irish comeback from 2-0 deficit versus Alaska Fairbanks, scoring after a double-rebound sequence from shots by Fraser and Andy Jurkowski (Notre Dame won, 3-2) ... assisted on Simon's 5-on-3 goal to cap scoring in 5-1 win over Vermont ... scored with 5:04 left to knock off Michigan State, 1-0 ... Jurkowski set up that goal after chasing the puck down along the boards and sliding a pass to Ryan Clark, whose shot from the left point was deflected to the right side of the crease (Dolder swooped in for the game's only goal) ... had a goal and assist in both games with UMass (3-4, 5-3) ... sparked comeback from 2-0 deficit in second game with UMass, with a power-play shot from the blue line for 3-2 lead and on assist on Simon's power-play goal that proved to be the game-winner ... assisted in four consecutive midseason games ... posted career-best two assists in 3-3 game at Denver, setting up Clark's blast from the top of the slot and Carlson game-tying goal .. closed with 5G-3A in final 15 games ... cashed in a 5-on-3 chance for 2-0 lead in 4-1 win over Western Michigan ... one-timed what proved to be the game-winning goal in 2-1 game at Alaska Fairbanks ... his deflected power-play shot was knocked in by Michael Chin for 1-1 score in 2-1 overtime win at Ohio State ... scored in all three games of the Ferris State playoff series (4-3, 1-6, 4-2) ... knocked home Chin's rebounded shot to open scoring in first win over FSU ... rifled home a power-play shot the next night to avert the shutout ... capped the series with the clinching empty-netter.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 35 of 38 games, mostly as third and fourth-line right wing ... totaled five goals and four assists (one on the power play, one shorthanded) ... had one game-winning goal, in big 2-1 win over Northern Michigan ... took 63 shots, with 10 penalties and a +1 plus-minus ... scored in all three regular-season games versus Northern Michigan ... lit the lamp on first shot of the season, beating the Wisconsin goalie to the upper right corner of the net as the Irish defeated the Badgers in the season-opening Hall of Fame Game (2-1, in front of 13,000-plus Kohl Center fans) ... assisted on Chad Chipchase's late power-play goal in 7-1 win over Western Michigan ... ended 12-game scoring drought by providing first Irish goal in 4-1 win over Bowling Green ... scored first-period goal and assisted on Troy Bagne's go-ahead score in third period of 3-3 game at Northern Michigan ... helped give Irish a two-goal lead midway through first period against No. 5 Michigan, setting up Benoit Cotnoir's 4-on-4 goal goal (Notre Dame won, 3-2) ... opened the scoring at 4:36 of the second period in 3-3 tie with Northern Michigan, on shot from the slot after passes from Carlson and Inman ... scored game-winner one night later, in crucial 2-1 win over NMU ... gave Irish a 2-0 cushion in second period of that game, after working a breakaway give-and-go with Chipchase before scoring on a low shot from the top of the right circle ... his final point of the season came as the Irish scored shorthanded goals 36 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead over Miami, with Aniket Dhadphale scoring off Dolder's rebounded shot (Notre Dame went on to win 4-2, clinching home ice for the first round of the CCHA playoffs versus Northern Michigan).
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 26 of 41 games as mostly a right wing on the fourth line ... totaled three goals on 30 shots, with five penalties ... played in nine straight late games before missing final four regular-season games ... returned to the lineup as major contributor in playoff series at Michigan ... all three of his goals came in memorable games ... netted first career goal midway through second period of midseason game at Bowling Green, slanting in from left before knocking home his own rebound for 3-2 lead (the Irish needed overtime, 5-4) ... his second goal held up as game-winner in 4-2 win at Michigan in first game of CCHA playoffs ... that goal was set up by Carlson, who intercepted an outlet and dropped the puck back to Dolder, who beat Marty Turco with a high shot to the glove side with 4:11 left to play in the second period ... that goal gave the Irish a 3-0 lead, before the Wolverines made their third-period push ... two days later, his goal early in the third period tied the decisive game, 3-3 (Michigan won 4-3) ... was filling the crease on the play and deflected the puck off his chest and into the net.
PREP & PERSONAL: Raised in Hutchinson, Minn., a town of 10,000 people 60 miles west of Minneapolis (his family currently resides in Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie) ... played on youth hockey teams that struggled to skate enough players but went on to help his Hutchinson High School team secure program's first trip to state tournament ... captained hockey team to conference and regional titles as a senior ... all-city, all-conference and all-state as a senior ... set school season records for points (85), goals (45) and assists (40), in addition to career points (220) ... also played quarterback on Hutchinson football team, helping team claim three conference and regional titles and national rankings in his junior and senior seasons ... twice all-city, all-conference and all-state in football ... captained football team as a senior ... set school records for passing yards and touchdown passes ... lettered in golf as a freshman and sophomore, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore after helping Hutchinson capture regional golf title ... a member of the National Honor Society ... brother Kyle Dolder is a current walk-on candidate with the Irish hockey program while his sister Linsey is a senior on the girl's hockey team at Benilde St. Margaret's High School ... born April 4, 1977, in Hutchinson, Minn. ... son of Tom and Carol Dolder, who endured a hectic 1999-2000 season while trying to see all three of their children's hockey games ... full name is Ryan Thomas Dolder ... a marketing major in Mendoza College of Business, with second major in computer applications.
Career vs. CCHA
1999-2000 vs. CCHA
Dolder's Career Statistics
Dolder's Career Bests
2 Points at Denver (2A; 1/31/99) vs. UMass (G-A; 12/11/99) vs. UMass (G-A; 12/10/99) vs. NMU (G-A; 1/22/99)
2 Assists at Denver (1/31/99)
6 Shots On Goal at Northern Michigan (1/14/00) vs. Princeton (12/20/99)
3-Game Goal Streak (1G each) ? March 10-12, 2000 (all vs. FSU)
4-game Point Streak ? Dec. 20-Jan. 7, 2000 (5A vs. Princeton, at Denver, vs. Colorado College and lake Superior State)
Note: has yet to record a multi-goal game.