The mother of Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators recently lost her battle with cancer; so the right winger wrote an essay on the Players’ Tribune website and dedicated to his mother. In the letter addressed to her, he tells how instrumental she was in keeping his dreams of playing professional hockey alive when the family was going through terrible adversity.
I lost you just a few days ago, and I already miss you a lot.
Even though I had a chance to say goodbye, there are still a few things I’d like to tell you.
Plenty of people are familiar with our family’s story. They know about how dad assaulted you when I was a little kid and how our family ended up moving to California and changing our names so he could avoid going to jail. They know about how he was eventually caught and how you and I had to figure things out on our own. And they know about how I ended up making it to the NHL despite all that. Yes, plenty of people have asked us about that story, but I don’t think enough people know about your story.
Read more of the letter HERE