Former hockey prospect Daniel Ryder declared mentally unfit by N.L. court
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (CP) — Former NHL prospect Daniel Ryder has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial on charges stemming from an armed robbery in Newfoundland.
Ryder, 23, of Bonavista, N.L., appeared in St. John’s provincial court Monday.
He was ordered held at a mental hospital, where a review board will determine whether or not the former pro can face criminal charges.
Ryder turned himself in to police a day after the Jan 5. robbery at a convenience store in Bonavista.
Dr. Nizar Ladha, a psychiatrist at the Waterford Hospital, testified he believes Ryder is mentally unfit to stand trial and suggested the matter be turned over to a mental disorder review board.
Judge Robert Hyslop decided to follow the doctor’s recommendation.
“The good news is his prognosis is favourable and he’s responding well to treatment,” Hyslop said in court.
Outside court, Ladha explained that the review board is made up of five people — a chairperson, a member of the community, and three psychiatrists not connected to the case. The review hearings will be held within 45 days.
Ryder is charged with robbery, being disguised with the intent of committing a crime, using an imitation firearm to carry out a crime and theft under $5,000.
According to the RCMP in Bonavista, a man entered the convenience store carrying a white shopping bag. He told the lone cashier he had a gun and demanded cigarettes.
Ryder is the younger brother of Boston Bruins star Michael Ryder.
He was a playoff MVP with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes in 2005-06, and has played professionally in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League.