In praise of Bobby Ryan

In praise of Bobby Ryan
"The biggest thing is just his poise and his hands are unbelievable. I played with [Evgeni] Malkin and [Sidney] Crosby, and those guys are probably the two best in the league. Bobby's hands are right with those guys... He's a superstar in the making, it seems."
---Ryan Whitney, former Ducks defenseman

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rinks Tour - Learning from a Vet

The Anaheim Ducks held their third installment of the Rinks Speaking Series. Matt Belesky and my boy Bobby Ryan were joined by John Ahlers to talk about "learning from a vet."

At first, I thought the whole point of the topic would be best served by having veteran players present to speak. But Bobby and Matt are hardly veterans. I could only hazard to guess that the discussion had more to do with what rookies can learn from veterans, and that'll probably remain a mystery as yours truly got stuck in major SoCali rush hour traffic trying to get to the rink after work.

John Ahlers apparently got stuck in the same mass of cars, as I got a chance to talk to him a bit after the session. By the time I had arrived, much of the presentation was already over, and the question/answer session was underway.

The crowd was considerably bigger than it had been for past speaker series this season, and there was nowhere to sit or hide out for good pictures. I did what I could.

While the talk was underway, it was standing room only

Belesky, Ahlers, and Bobby taking questions from the crowd

Afterwards, the guys stayed behind to sign autographs and pose for pictures

Check the Ducks official website at for more extensive coverage of this event!


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