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    Of the hundreds of players I’ve met over the years, including dozens of Hockey Hall of Famers, none has impressed me as much as Bobby Ryan. And I suspect that only a very unlucky few have had to endure the kinds of challenges Ryan has.

    I first met Bobby when he was playing for the Owen Sound Attack in 2005. That was his NHL draft year. Incidentally, Sidney Crosby’s, too. Scouts had told me they were very high on Ryan’s playing ability but that they’d heard rumbles about “a complicated family situation,” a red flag for teams looking to throw around a few million on a first-round pick.

    Other players in the OHL had also heard things second-hand, namely that he was “a different kid,” a description that does everything but rhyme with “problem child.” I came away with the impression that Ryan undoubtedly grew up in deeply troubled circumstances, yet managed to emerge from them amazingly intact.

    Bobby Ryan came into this world as Robert Shane Stevenson on St. Patrick’s Day in 1987. He remained Bobby Stevenson for the first 10 years of his life and drew attention in and around Cherry Hill, N.J., as a gifted player in atom hockey tournaments. Then, one night after his father took him to a Philadelphia Flyers game, Bobby’s life was turned inside out. The next morning, he’d wake up in a neighbour’s home, his mother in hospital and his father in jail. Soon after, he’d cross the country with his mother and be living under an assumed name in California, Bobby Ryan. He would live his formative years as the youngest member of a fugitive family. “Complicated” doesn’t start to cover it.

    He still goes by Bobby Ryan. That was a decision he made “when I was starting to make a name for myself in tournaments.” He’s impressively well-spoken and as self-possessed a 26-year-old as you’re likely to find. Nonetheless his father says: “There have to be scars and they’re still healing.” It has taken a certain type of courage for Bobby Ryan to survive a life and trials that no kid should have to endure. It is taking another type of courage for him to come forward and talk openly to Sportsnet magazine’s readers about his childhood. He calls hockey “his saving grace” through the toughest of times. It might have been that. It might still be that.

    Too many times we read about victims and casualties in sport — too many, not because they’re contrived, only because of the awful human cost. Bobby Ryan’s story might be the most unlikely to find all involved emerge only wounded. After reading about him, though, I suspect that you will never pull harder for a young man to live happily ever after.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/t...of-bobby-ryan/


    Here is a more detailed version of the story.

    http://espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3782270

  • #2
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    I read the story about his father a few years ago, I was in aww over him as a person from that point on. .. just wow. Hard to believe he went through all that crap and yet seems so well balanced today.

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    • #3
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      Wow, pretty touching story. You were right though; now I'm scared he'll go to Philly too :/

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      • #4
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        We've got him for at least 2 years though...

        Spezza and Ryan could be magic.

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        • #5
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          Unless we win a cup, 2 years of Ryan won't be worth all those years of Silfverberg and Noesen. If we don't win a cup but he re-signs with us, that's a win for us too.

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            Originally posted by Josh
            Unless we win a cup, 2 years of Ryan won't be worth all those years of Silfverberg and Noesen. If we don't win a cup but he re-signs with us, that's a win for us too.

            Seriously. If Ryan doesn't stay it won't be the end of the world because I think we have enough prospects that can fill the void. Now, how well they can is a different question.

            Right now I think we a few guys who could put up 20 goals.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Josh
              Unless we win a cup, 2 years of Ryan won't be worth all those years of Silfverberg and Noesen. If we don't win a cup but he re-signs with us, that's a win for us too.
              Call me crazy, but I think the Sens have a cup in them in the next 2 years. If they don't, then there's a larger rebuild that should start to take place.

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              • #8
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                People are too worried about Ryan going to Philly.

                The Sens have already shown a lot of commitment to Ryan by trading such large pieces of the future. If he enjoys some success here, enjoys the city and team, why won't he re-sign here?

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Alfie11
                  People are too worried about Ryan going to Philly.

                  The Sens have already shown a lot of commitment to Ryan by trading such large pieces of the future. If he enjoys some success here, enjoys the city and team, why won't he re-sign here?
                  Yeah, that's a good point. Plus Murray obviously knows his story and should try to get him extended before he's UFA.

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                  • #10
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                    Philly will be going home. for a kid who was shipped around and all that it might just be what he wants most.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Matt the Aussie
                      Originally posted by Josh
                      Unless we win a cup, 2 years of Ryan won't be worth all those years of Silfverberg and Noesen. If we don't win a cup but he re-signs with us, that's a win for us too.
                      Call me crazy, but I think the Sens have a cup in them in the next 2 years. If they don't, then there's a larger rebuild that should start to take place.
                      I don't see why any larger rebuild would be in place. We have a lot of young players and a lot to work with in the system. I see no reason why we can't maintain a perennial Stanley Cup contender for the next decade, starting with this year. Spezza is getting older, but we've got a potential top-line center in Zibanejad, and even if he doesn't live up to the potential, Turris would be a serviceable first line center as long as he's flanked by talented wingers. Even if Ryan ends up leaving, some of Lazar, Stone, Prince, Pageau and Puempel will develop into top-six wingers. I'd say Lazar and Stone are practically locks to at least be that. We've got the goaltending locked-down for the next decade and beyond.

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                      • #12
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                        Sorry Matches, by "rebuild" I meant most of what you've just said. Spezza, Phillips, Anderson and Michalek go out and we start to work on bringing up our prospects.

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                        • #13
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                          Oh, right, that makes sense now. My bad. Just when I hear new rebuild, I typically think new GM, and I've been loving what Bryan Murray has been doing lately.

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                          • #14
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                            Yeah, I guess rebuild does imply coach/GM changes, but like you I am very happy with Murray and McLean. I'm glad we didn't fire him that one god-awful season we had (08-09?)

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                            • #15
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                              I like Murray and MacLean too. What I'm not so sure about is Tim Murray. I hope it's not set in stone that he gets BM's job upon his retirement.

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