Terry Ryan back in Harbour Grace
Veteran forward hungry for second Herder
If there was one place Terry Ryan was going to play this season, it was going to be in Harbour Grace.
“I knew I was coming back,” said the veteran forward of his return to the Eastlink CeeBee Stars.
A couple of weeks ago, that might have been in doubt. Ryan came to the CeeBees after the Mount Pearl Blades announced the team was taking a leave of absence from the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League for the 2012-13 season.
Once the season had finished, he was transferred back to the newly rejuvenated Blades when it was announced the team would be returning to the NLSHL for the 2013-14 season.
However, a couple of weeks ago, Ryan found his way back to Harbour Grace when the CeeBees acquired him for a fourth round draft pick.
“I just feel like the ship had sailed in Mount Pearl,” he said.
The 36-year-old was more interested in “hunting for another Herder (Memorial trophy)” instead of being a part of the rebuilding effort in Mount Pearl.
“It was great to get a chance to win a Herder and I wanted to defend that,” said Ryan.
Words of praise
Ryan quickly became a fan favourite in Harbour Grace. The effort he gave on the ice at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace was not lost on the fans.
During the Herder ceremony at the conclusion of the championship series, Ryan received one of the larger responses from CeeBees faithful. He had high words of praise for his first year in Conception Bay North.
“It really changed my life as an athlete,” said Ryan.
He said that during the course of the year he got to know various members of the community.
“I feel as much a part of CBN as I do Mount Pearl,” said Ryan.
Back in the hunt
For any team coming off a championship, there is the opportunity to start the season in a bit of a lull, or a championship hangover. How- ever, with a season that is just 24 games long, a hangover is not something the CeeBees can afford.
“It’s a tough league. You can’t afford to take nights off,” said Ryan.
Repeating might be the hardest feat to accomplish in sport. Usually, a championship season is the result of skill and luck working together.
“I know it’s going to be a battle and I know we have to get going at the beginning of the season,” Ryan noted.
He said he knows the CeeBees, as the defending champions, are the “team to beat” heading into the season. However, Ryan is looking at the start to the season as a fresh start for the club.
“We can’t go in with that mindset. We have to go in with the underdog mindset,” he said. “I think we’re approaching it the right way.”
The CeeBees start the season with a homeand-home tilt with the Blades on Nov. 1-2. On Nov. 2, the team will be raising its latest championship banner in Harbour Grace.
“It’ll bring a tear to my eye. I’ll be pumped,” said Ryan. “But as soon as its over, it’s in the past.”
“I feel as much a part of CBN as I do Mount Pearl.” — Terry Ryan
Veteran forward Terry Ryan is returning to the Eastlink CeeBee Stars for another run at the Herder Memorial Trophy.