Ryane Clowe was born in Fermeuse, Newfoundland (often billed as being from St. John’s) and was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the 6th round, 175th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL and the Cleveland Barons of the AHL before hitting the big time with the Sharks. Clowe also spent part of the 2002-2003 season with the Montreal Rocket of the QMJHL, where he netted 48 points in just 40 games. He would put up solid numbers throughout his AHL and QMJHL career before he was called up to San Jose. Clowe played 18 games with the Sharks in 2005-2006, finishing with 2 assists. He played more the next season, finishing the 2006-2007 season with 58 games played and adding 11 playoff games. Clowe performed well, netting 34 regular season points (16 goals and 18 assists) and adding a nice playoff performance with 6 points (4 goals and 2 assists). He was given an opportunity to play on the first line and powerplay with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton and has capitalized on the opportunity by scoring consistently. Clowe plays a hard checking game and is willing to drop the gloves when the need arises.