NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 21:  Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators prepares for the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 21, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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‘Thank you, Mom’: Bobby Ryan pens emotional letter to his late mother


A week after announcing on Twitter that his mother passed away, Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan penned an emotional letter in the Players’ Tribune, thanking her for having such a profound influence on his life.

A story from Sportsnet in September of 2013 detailed how Ryan’s childhood completely changed after his father committed a horrendous act of domestic violence that would eventually land him in prison, but not before the family was uprooted from New Jersey to California, and their names changed.

Ryan’s father, Robert Stevenson, was charged with attempted murder for an attack on his wife and Ryan’s mother when Ryan was just 10 years old, according to the Ottawa Sun. Stevenson fled to California and the family eventually followed, before Stevenson was arrested again and incarcerated.

In the Players’ Tribune, Ryan revealed the sacrifices his mother made as the sole provider for the family after the imprisonment of his father, working 16 hours a day “so that I could realize my dreams of becoming a professional hockey player.”

From Bobby Ryan:

As I reflect on our time together, there’s something I really need to tell you — and for the world to hear me say it: Thank you, Mom. Thank you so much.

Thank you for putting your life on the back-burner for several years just so that I could be happy. I know you didn’t have anyone to lean on, but you understood how much I needed you, and so you gave me all of yourself.

Thank you for showing me what it means to be a professional, for showing me that no matter what obstacle you may be facing, the best approach is always to just put your head down and go to work.

Thank you for helping me get through the eighth and ninth grades when neither of us really knew what we were doing with the whole homeschool thing. I still can’t believe we pulled a 3.0 GPA.

Thank you for playing so many roles in my life. You were my only parent for so long, but when it was time you were still able to let me go so that I could learn about the world on my own. I know how difficult that was for you. One of the biggest reasons I am where I am today is because you put me in a position to succeed. And not only succeed, but succeed on my own.

PHT Morning Skate: Bobby Ryan takes on a beer league player in a skills competition


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bobby Ryan made a beer league hockey player look foolish in a skills competition. (Top)

–Here’s the story of a horse named after Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist. (Detroit Free Press)

–John Scott will serve as one of the captains during Wayne Gretzky’s Ice Hockey Classic. (Bardown)

–Watch the highlights of yesterday’s game between the Lightning and Red Wings:

–There’s a method to Brent Burns‘ madness. (The Hockey News)

Eric Staal is finally back in the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Sportsnet)

–The NHL needs to change their offside rule going forward. (Sporting News)

PHT Morning Skate: Bobby Ryan’s goal lands these kids a new puppy


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

–These kids will be getting a new puppy because Bobby Ryan scored in yesterday’s game against the Rangers.

–This Chicago Sun-Times columnist asks if we should put Joel Quenneville on the same level as Phil Jackson. (Sun-Times)

–Find out how Brendan Shanahan ended the long feud between the Leafs and Dave Keon. (Toronto Sun)

Tyler Seguin hung out with Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons. (Dallas Morning News)

–With the added risk of injury, should coaches send their star players out on the penalty kill? (Edmonton Journal)

–Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss did his part to help get fellow drivers out of the snow. (Bardown)

Bobby Ryan’s big night powers Sens’ OT win vs. Blues

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Things were looking pretty dire for the Ottawa Senators earlier on Monday.

They came into the game with a three-game losing streak and losses in five of six contests, and they had been shut out in consecutive games.

There was concern that might happen again, as the St. Louis Blues opened up a 2-0 lead … but, well, the headline kind of spoils this one, doesn’t it?

Bobby Ryan was the catalyst of a big turnaround, grabbing the primary assist on Mike Hoffman‘s tally before tying the game up and then winning it in overtime.

(You can see his fantastic move on the overtime game-winner in the video above this post.)

Here’s his first goal of the night while we’re at it:

When you’re in a rut, sometimes you need key guys to carry you to victory. Ryan did that in a big way for the Senators tonight.

NHL rescinds Savard’s misconduct for boarding Bobby Ryan


David Savard won’t be facing any supplemental discipline for his hit on Bobby Ryan last night — in fact, he won’t even have the game misconduct on his rap sheet anymore.

Per the Columbus Dispatch, the NHL has rescinded Savard’s game misconduct and the $200 fine that comes with it. The Blue Jackets’ defenseman was given a five-minute boarding major and tossed during the third period of Thursday’s loss.

As the Dispatch notes, taking away the game misconduct is important — two misconducts in the “physical fouls” category in a 41-game window results in a one-game suspension.

Thursday’s misconduct penalty was Savard’s first of the season.

The league’s decision will probably appease Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella, who didn’t think much of the call.

“It’s certainly not a major,” Tortorella said, per the team website. “I’m not even sure it’s a penalty.”