Terry Ryan back in Har­bour Grace

Vet­eran for­ward hun­gry for sec­ond Herder

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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

Com­pass file photo

Vet­eran for­ward Terry Ryan is re­turn­ing to the Eastlink CeeBee Stars for another run at the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

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