Such commitment is in his blood. Both Ryan and his brother, Mark, were involved in hockey from an early age, as their dad, Barry, served as a coach and president of the Hillsborough Minor Hockey Association for a number of years.
Just like his father before him, Ryan has given much of his time and talent to the children of our community helping them grow to enjoy the sport. He recently took it upon himself to teach Hillsborough’s Syrian refugee boys to skate.
“If you can’t skate,” says Ryan, “then you’re not going to have a lot of fun.” So, he took the time to teach the boys—who had never seen a rink before—the basics of balancing on a set of blades instead of the soles of their shoes.
“I got them skating as quick as they could, so they could do the drills with the other kids,” says Ryan.
Now, with this basic skill, the boys can enjoy this iconic Canadian winter game with their new friends.
To learn more about Ryan’s contributions to the community, watch Hockey Canada’s Video. Or better yet, drop by the rink some evening and cheer on the volunteers and kids as Ryan and so many others make minor hockey happen.
We would like to congratulate Ryan on his well-deserved award and take this opportunity to give thanks to all our minor hockey volunteers.
You are all amazing. Thank you!