A dizzy­ing ride for Ryan

Hockey stand­out bounces be­tween teams; lands with Cee­bees

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Terry Ryan is well ac­cus­tomed to the rough and tum­ble na­ture of high-cal­i­bre hockey, hav­ing played at the very high­est lev­els of the game.

But he could have been for­given for be­ing a lit­tle daz­zled by the ac­tiv­ity off the ice in re­cent weeks, hav­ing been moved four times in a span of seven days by teams in the New­found­land and Labrador Se­nior Hockey League.

On Sept. 28, Ryan was dealt from the Mount Pearl Blades to the Cee­Bees with Mitch Flynn and a fu­ture first-rounder go­ing to the Blades in re­turn.

A week later Ryan, with the Blades an­nounc­ing it would with­draw from the league for a year, Ryan’s trade was nul­li­fied be­cause of a 30-day league rule.

So, Ryan’s name was thrown into the Mount Pearl player dis­per­sal draft on Oct. 3.

The Western ( for­merly Cor­ner Brook) Roy­als se­lected Ryan with the fourth pick of the first round. The Cee­Bees took de­fence­man Mike Lee one pick ear­lier at No. 3.

“We felt bad that we couldn’t get Terry in the draft but we had to look out what our needs were,” said Cee­Bees head coach and gen­eral man­ager Corey Crocker. “Through the draft, our needs was a de­fence­man. We thought we could still work out a deal for Terry or get him in the draft for our sec­ond pick.”

That would not work out for the club or Ryan, as the Roy­als took him a pick af­ter the Cee­Bees. With their sec­ond pick of the draft, the Cee­Bees took d-man Grant Kenny.

The pick made Lee ex­pend­able if a deal be­came avail­able for Ryan. That deal be­came avail­able when the Roy­als, who owned Ryan’s rights, made it known they were in­ter­ested in swap­ping Ryan for d-man Lee, and on Oct. 6 the deal was made.

Wants to be a CeeBee

For Ryan, he saw more moves in a week than he did as pro­fes­sional ath­lete.

“It was prob­a­bly only once or twice in the pros,” he said. “The sec­ond time in the pros, I went from Utah to St. John’s … and then I got traded to Red Deer from Tri-City in ju­nior.

“I’d say more in the last week in se­nior hockey than the last 20 years. There you go.” “leg­end” in se­nior hockey in this prov­ince, and added, “he still has a lot of pas­sion for the game.”

“He’s one of the guys on our team who does not have a Herder and I know he is hun­gry for one,” he said.

Ryan is un­sure of what his role will be with the Cee­Bees, which opens the new sea­son on the road against the ex­pan­sion Gan­der team

If you’re wear­ing the crest of the Cee­Bees, you have to re­al­ize you’re play­ing for the community and ev­ery­body who’s ever played for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

— Terry Ryan

‘Leg­end’

While he was will­ing to lace up his skates with the Roy­als, Ryan wanted to be a CeeBee, largely be­cause of the club’s rich his­tory.

“If you’re wear­ing the crest of the Cee­Bees, you have to re­al­ize you’re play­ing for the community and ev­ery­body who’s ever played for the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Ryan.

“I’m ex­cited be­cause the year has started and peo­ple are talk­ing about a cham­pi­onship right off the bat,” said Ryan.

Crocker de­scribed 35-year-old Ryan as a on Oct. 20.

“I pride my­self in be­ing an all-around player,” he said.

Whether it is as a third-line grinder or with one of the play-mak­ers on the top two lines, Ryan is ready for what­ever role he is given.

“I’m ex­cited to get the year go­ing. We have a good team,” she said.

Ryan, a vet­eran of the pro­vin­cial se­nior cir­cuit, has a his­tory with most of his Cee­Bees team­mates, hav­ing played with about a dozen of them on ice hockey and ball hockey teams.

Ryan is happy to be in­cluded amongst names like Robert Slaney, Keith De­laney, Ryan De­laney, Ray Dal­ton, Mike Thomas, Mike Dyke and Mor­gan War­ren.

“I’m not us­ing a cliché here, they’re a great bunch of guys,” he said.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Terry Ryan hopes to cap­ture his first Herder Memo­rial Tro­phy this sea­son as a mem­ber of the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars.

David Fuller­ton makes a glove save dur­ing sec­ond pe­riod ac­tion.

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