RYAN GETZLAF

He’s a fa­ther of four and leader of 22, with an ag­ing body that’s slowly catch­ing up to his bald head and old soul. But Getzlaf is re­silient, adap­tive and de­ter­mined to lead his Ducks to glory on the ice, driven by his re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide for his fa

The Hockey News - - CONTENTS - By Matt Larkin

Can you be The Man on the ice and a fam­ily man off it? That dilemma de­fines his ca­reer

BY THE FALL of 2011, Ryan Getzlaf had ac­com­plished what 99.99 per­cent of 26-year-olds hadn’t. He was a top-10 player in the world with a Stan­ley Cup and an Olympic gold medal to his name. Yet life was over­whelm­ing him. The pre­vi­ous year, he’d earned the Anaheim Ducks cap­taincy. He’d mar­ried Paige, his long­time girl­friend, and they’d wel­comed their first child, baby boy Ry­der. And like pretty much ev­ery new par­ent, Getzlaf strug­gled to jug­gle ev­ery­thing. He hardly screamed for sym­pa­thy as a millionaire liv­ing a blessed ex­is­tence, but par­ent­hood is the great equal­izer. A pro ath­lete and a gro­cery store cashier step into the same shoes ev­ery time they change a di­a­per. Sleep was a rare treat for Getzlaf that sea­son. He dragged his feet to work, ex­cept work wasn’t sit­ting at a cu­bi­cle. He was do­ing some­thing far more ex­cit­ing and priv­i­leged than most peo­ple get to do, but he also couldn’t put his head down and coast through the day on emails and heap­ing cups of cof­fee. He was com­pet­ing in the great­est hockey league on Earth as an elite player ex­pected to make a dom­i­nant im­pact on the ice ev­ery night. And he couldn’t fig­ure out how to do that. He was racked with guilt ev­ery time he left Paige and Ry­der. He hated the idea of miss­ing cru­cial mo­ments in Year 1 of be­ing a dad. He lugged that in­ter­nal tur­moil to the rink. He couldn’t tap into his typ­i­cally high lev­els of in­ten­sity, and it showed on the ice. He en­dured the worst sea­son of his ca­reer, scor­ing just 11 goals and 57 points in 82 games, and his Ducks missed the play­offs.

Hey, he was hu­man, and he was a rookie par­ent. Who wouldn’t en­dure a learn­ing curve? But that was the old Getzlaf.

It’s a dif­fer­ent story these days when Getzlaf, 32, Wthiel­la­maon­rd­niMnga.cH­jeoign­ri­neegt­sRy­fo­duer.cTh­hiler­dor­lelns,owu­ti­to­hfGbaev­dinin, Ppairgeentchatu­fifte­su­croin­mg­fotrhte­abliltytl­neoown. eGse­tazr­loauf hnad­pSpoiluytjhoein­rns Ccan­lif­foin­rn­di­ain, ut­shueal­sluym­tomw­erh.aHteve­drevsop­to­er­s­tian­ngye­fvrenet­shothuerys and days he has to his kids. And when it’s time to rhoilseski­ast­tehseb­baicgk­geosnt,tthien­gan­mx­eieatyn­dis­m­gy­on­wei.fe“Ah­cacedpt­topin­ugt learn,” he said. “When she’s feel­ing good at home, mwheetno sghoe’tsot­tahkein­rginckarkenowf ti­h­nigng­w­shat hmoym­reo,liet iasl,loawnds tghuailtt’ys.juIts’st tpoaprtro­v­fidtheefohrom­noyr­faomf bi­ley.in­Y­gouas­d­hao­du­ladnnd’t bfeael-l an­cAindg iet­vaellr,ybte­hcin­augsGeeI’tvze­lag­fo­htatso bdeon­thee­o­ren­fothrethiecme .t”he pstaos­rtm­fewbest­weae­seonnshissug­e­gaerst.sHhee wreaasllyth­heasH­caartlmTer­dopthye

MY GAME DOESN’T ADAPT WELL TO THE OLDER AGE. I TRY TO PLAY HARD, BLOCK SHOTS, DO ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. THERE ARE A LOT MORE ACHES – Ryan Getzlaf

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Now, Getzlaf’s head is on straight, and so is his mwaoyreC­mo­nan­toureMtchDaan­vei­d­veirs,bouftc,ou­un­rf­soer.tuGneatztlealfy’,ssmo ins­d­his ebvoedryy. mEvo­er­rny­itnhgin. Hgehsuar­itds, wa ilti­ht­t­lae­la­muo­grhe, tth­haat­nit’ist auc­s­teu­dalt­loy

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So just as Getzlaf fi­nally masters his brain and 2le2a1rn-psouh­nowd btod­nyasv­ti­a­grattse thois­debtues­ryior­li­af­tee,.tThoe s6l-of­woot-h4e, dHa­neecd­cli­h­naiesn,ogh­fefed-’ss­weaohsvaoet­nrhhtear­dauiol­neei­d­sngb­heoifsvo­er­inre-tash­needaps­boaen­st­tw­pthereeren­pea­gryaaem­taieorsn. He does a lot less heavy lift­ing now. In­stead of try­ing tmoabkuinilgd sbui­gremhuis­cm­leum­scalses, ha­reefo­hceuasltehsyoanns­d­tahy­is­ng­coargeilies, as­tr­boign­gad­to­juastv­moied­ngtr­foir­naap­nudrheiapth­fllex­toe,rain­tjwuroi-ehsa.nIt­di­w­caps school ar­rived. If you’re a Cana­dian Foot­ball League fmano,ny­tonu’lEl­srke­ic­moogsni­wzei­dte­heren­caemiverCh­wrhisoGseptezn­latf,maon­stEdo-f ihRnios­tuocg­tahrreeied­faremrssti.alyTr’rhsiangtge’snfRoesry.ah­nis’shbor­mote­hte­orw. Sn­poSratsskartech­beawkaend

At 32, Getzlaf re­mains strong as an ox but has to get by on guile far more than he used to. That was ap­par- Menc­tD­dau­vridin’sgEl­damstosnptro­ingO’silePrasc,iw­ficheDrievGi­seiotzn­laf­fi­nanald­vfel­rl­souws

30-some­thing cen­ter Ryan Kesler went head-to-head with the world’s best player and came out on top. McDavid man­aged just five points in seven games, which by his lofty stan­dard qual­i­fies as be­ing bot­tled up. d“mOoau.kAtesmp­su­lar­ryeteyrhoimuy,i”daeGgnetti­azfnlyad­fwmshaeyirdse.ph“eIete’’dss,gatolh­lianytgo’su­toru­berearl­bolyele­fco,art­noe wheh’sen­goit­inc­gom­toeb­se­tothaergeu,ywwhitchtihs atskpil­nitd-soe­fc­sop­neded.eL­cis­mioit­ntin­hgosheis­g­tu­imy­se­wan­hden­sp­tahceeyi’vseal­gwoatyt­shte­hep­ub­cigk­goesnt theinirg swtic­thk and they’ve got room. They can do a lot of dam­age. ThWati­wlya, yseosu, rb­muteint’tsan­lio­tyt il­nik­te­hGeeptlzalyaof fifss.p”ush­ing 40. He re­mains one of the best play­ers in the game. Only Sid­nBeyn­nCraons­d­byA,lPex­atOrivcekcKhkainne,hNav­icekm­laos­rBeap­cok­isntrt­so­mov, eJramthie hpoasc­tke­fiyve­of­sheais oc­nasre. eGret­lazs­lat­fw­pil­naty­eerd, dairs­gcuo­vae­br­ly­int­gh­sete­ble­lasrt

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No, Getzlaf was merely a nat­u­ral passer. What dmoawkens. Iht’ismhas­rodl­gyoaodc?oiHn­cei­d­hean­scethte­hep­Dsyuc­chkosl’ot­g­wyoo3f 0it­goal men last sea­son flanked him on ei­ther side. “The tb­hi­iomgcgeke,e”syGt teshtezin­las­geft­shtaoait­dkm. n“aIotkw’se­sawathogeuor­goe­hdp­spekaoislplsel­teor iwas­ro­her­akavhio­nenga.dtYhooautf ih­nagve­to­to­be­bethaewrea,rwe ohfewre­hgeureysguwyas­na­trte­hbeep­fuorcek.tThe­hya’tr’es tghoeonl­ty­hte­hi­irn­f­groIn­ret afol­loytp, saoy­matetew­nat­niot­nitto.nS­tohme ebagcuky.s” want it

So Getzlaf’s best, most im­por­tant skills haven’t dimwain­rdisheel deyrestt.aSt­teis­llm, waen’,rae csereein­bgrahlitmw­sot-awrat yth­fe­orscheifwt thoomwain­rdisheel ncwaoin­st­dtzeoolmlo. Hmoenow­itu.otC­naf’rtroljyumlsettpbhraeariks­geaasmt Gaeete­tazanl­madfm’shaat­beriel­tio­tuyd­ntoofislsto­hem­roewed-, t2hth­ha0irs0ne8t­geh-. 0es­He9uep,n’la2lir0qsa1uht0eo-wp­s1te1tirnhst­teopsme2ic­n0ht1i­iAvm4en-s1aoe­h5flefpa.ilFn­mardyai–anggcfraowoi­in­m­sit­fBho2erG0a­teu0htc5izsh-l0aecf6omf­moti­no­rains­gasepa­lasy­oenr–eanchd htiemheast­h­weiyt’nves­b­sedenGeret­zul­naift’esde.v“oElu­ve­tiroyn­bi­aHn­loe­lyt­dh­pyge­likaflty­ne­soad­g­w­stu­oshe­laih,”dtelBw’yseabi­aynue, ecb­hh­nuisetrme­hoaewiln’lsnysogazniood­eon.ode“fH.otHefh­feep’nlssas­ty­dirv­sooen­pil­nyghg,eyh­see­tivc’gseau­r­rly­lyeys--. thing on the ice. Ev­ery­one knows he’s play­ing power pelanya, lb­tuytkhilel caas­nwael­slloawn­d­i­naf­tatchee­ofefns dinotfhteh‘eDg’ az­monee.”on the

The star player/wise player hy­brid is what we’ve seinemveebn­nratTi­co­hen­odr­wn­hti­tosh­ngtrhbaed­cuSoaml­nesJhod­is­fuet rtSion­hw­garakhrd­sis, tal­h­naadtte-Gr­coeal­treze,leaerf­sh­praees-cnieaslt­lyvion­icteh.eIDt sut­caknsd’ sdroeust­sim­n­gos­r­toion­mmwe­hdeiareschreu’smas­nae­fater­rc­nieaslt­lyvion­icteh.eIDt lcosns­deus.cIttp’son­sot-tgsaom­meeitnhtien­rgvi­hee­wh­sat­shrtoufoghrcger. iHtte doteestnh’t. cHoem’sm­cuonis­ci­ad­te­o­re­adll hthime swe­lafy ab­na­cokpteon­hi­as­nSd­tae­nalesygCouinpgtwhi­innk­in­hge’socph­haon­m­geo­dre. “sTe­haa­sot’ns ji­un­s2t0m0e6,”-0h7eas­na­didd.o“eIstnr’yt Itoned­veearl fwouitnhdeavneyry­ththin­ingggoI oc­danevper­retc­taym­meuocuht hoef ag­div-ionng. Every­b­geondeyr­kic­noawn­swye­orus’rtehna­tot­ntoe­blloindgytwheantr­tust­tho.”hear. hc­saoinWmdd,ehui.saiHtth.’es­His­dteail­fkeufvee­nes­rdleiet­norutf­spt­troaeond­snda­physoin­vhme­sesirb­h­e­siuall­fis­sty­oteoaborten­layithlhion­ies­rhDhtieis­usac­cm­makrseae’tnevhrodo,chdaestl dif­fer­ently for each player, too. For in­stance, he can tCho­ere­byegPi­nen­r­riny,gho­isf tDimucek, ws it­te­hao­mumt sac­treeas­meeim­ng­wino­gr­lyk­swinic­the at him. The two have had plenty of heated con­ver­satrzieloan­fc­se­hx­ih­p­nil­ma­tri.nyBis­neigat,us­g­ci­ethute­taim­nti­gion­nind­sePo­sevcr­errirybt’eshs­feGa­cy­eet­za­il­sransf’tab­stuh­ste,oamwseaGy­oent­toe­whoet­threier­sit’os om­natkheeeivceroy­roinesonci­tahle­setet­tain­mgcso, wmh­fo­ere­tah­bele’s, fail­teaslkoan­tivhe­owguyto. Gceotn­zl­nae­fc­stewemit­shteoakce­heopfd­heit­saitl­re­odovpisr.tuIta’sl lroevmei­d­nic­sacpet­nati­nofin­wPh­hait­lamdeald­pe­hiBao. “bTb­hyeCl­leaard­ker­shuicph­tahib­neg-, “hTeh’saat’lswsaoyms ehtahdinth­gay­toiuns­died­vee­olof phimo,”rBe eaa­suy­co­hueg­meit­nosldaiedr,. rbouotmhea’ns­d­boe­nen­th­heeil­cpeinpgreettvy­ermyub­co­hdy­hio­suwthion­lethceareloe­crk.”er

I NEVER FOUND ANY­THING GOOD CAME OUT OF GIV­ING GENERIC AN­SWERS NO­BODY WANTS TO HEAR – Ryan Getzlaf

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That means Anaheim’s cur­rent win­dow of con­tentctei­hooam­n­mt­p­w­foeisitrlilotain­sohsndeuec­tiof­set­nenbdmse.ecpHoaomen­radin­nroiglntye,agsnno­ho­daolm.fweGaeemtlt­stzeul­trc­ah­hfhe­do­yD­woeusgc­nkog’sot­e­drd­heat­tnhhvyee econuteprledyetahresi.rTch­heat­mim­peiot­noswhipn iws nin­odwo,wan­od­vevretrhyem­peam­stabefra­cot­fotrh,”eC­taer­a­lym­leusna­dider. s“tWaned’vseth­taaltk.e“dThaabto’sut­deitfininitel­rynonale­ly­oof nthaen­rue­mas­boenr­soIf­wocac­sab­sri­onusg.hTth­baatcwk asns­d­pheacid­fis­cual­clhy ero­hgsaotveaerl..”tWo eta’rkeeian­davs­apah­noit­gawhgeitnhote­for­wuerhsteh.roWeck­weeeay’lrl­cel­huaabt­dwthi­hte­hersoeaumwr

The win-now Ducks do plenty of win­ning now. Tfin­haeyl ac­nadmweitwhitnht­in­wo­noef lvaisct­tJournyeo’sf frien­aclhaifn­te­grtfhael­li2n0g1t5o the Nashville Preda­tors. If that dream sea­son is go­ing to hap­pen for this gen­er­a­tion of the Ducks, it’ll prob­a­bly be this year. It won’t be long be­fore McDavid’s l2Oa0ir­l1gee7rsl-y1c8ab­nec’oc­taubunestce. oHn­hee­tar’sein­m­feoadui.nBs­d­u­att­thG­tae­ht­te­zlpli­afe­faiks­baroelfaah­ndi­cy­sept.oHmwee’as­rk­sea, td­haids ek­videsry–wb­hue­traelshoeignotehse. TDhuactk­isn’cd­lured­sessi­nagt hroomme.wHiet’hs ohferseeaes­sohni,sittsea­com­n­m­fi­dataen­sthaonid­stit­shediC­su­cippth­lien­taera­iamn’.sAvn­od­i­cief next spring, there will be no prouder papa.

WE’RE IN A SPOT WITH OUR HOCKEY CLUB WHERE WE HAVE TO TAKE AD­VAN­TAGE OF WHERE WE’RE AT WITH OUR ROS­TER – Randy Carlyle

BIG FAM­ILY WMAheNn Getzlaf is away from the rink, he and wife, Paige, keep busy tak­ing care of cth­heilidr­rfeonu.rFyin­oduin­ngg a work-life bal­ance was ini­tially a Dchua­clk­lesnc­gaept­foairnt.he

READY TO WIN NOW With top-end tal­ent at ev­ery po­si­tion, Anaheim’s owch­pi­anemdno.pwBiouintsst­wh­hieipde 32-year-old tGheatt­zl­haef kon­nolyws has so many chances left.

FORCE OF mtFNheAaewtTNc, hUiHf GRLanecEy­taz,nlaf’s play­ers in com­bi­na­tion of size, phys­i­cal­ity haan­bis­dil­li­et­pyal.adTyehm­rrsoah­wkip­in­ing tahnedD­duec­skirse,haan­vde a rare bird, in­deed.

FACE OF THE FRAN­CHISE Ever since help­ing Anaheim to its first and only Stan­ley Cup as a sec­ond-year NHLer in 2007, Gtheet­zolu­aft­ghoais­ng­been plenty pop­u­lar iwnitShoup­tuhcekrn­fans Cal­i­for­nia.

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