Win-win situation for Spitfires’ Ryan
BRANDON, Man. — It was a season in which Kenny Ryan could not lose.
A second-round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs last year, the six-foot, 204-pound winger left Boston College in October to join the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires.
Last month, Boston College capped its season with an NCAA title at Ford Field in Detroit, but Ryan was quite happy to soak up a Memorial Cup title Sunday.
“Whether or not we won or not, this was the right decision for me and this makes it all the better,” Ryan said.
Ryan scored the first goal of the tournament and finished with two goals and three points in four games while playing on Windsor’s most physical line with Zack Kassian and Greg Nemisz.
While the Spitfires will likely lose more than a third of their roster to graduation, it doesn’t sound like head coach Bob Boughner is headed anywhere.
“I’ve never had a call,” Boughner said of landing a coaching job in the pros. “If I ever had a call, I might pursue it, but I’m really not looking for it.”
After four years behind the bench in Windsor, the junior game still has appeal to Boughner, who said he also wants to get more involved with Hockey Canada.
The 39-year-old guided Canada to a title at last year’s Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament for players 18 and under.
Several current or soon-to-be Spitfires will be heading to Toronto on Wednesday for the NHL draft combine.
The combine brings together more than 100 of the top-rated players for the draft, which is set for next month in Los Angeles.
Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler and Justin Shugg will head to the combine. With their season ending Sunday, the three likely won’t do testing, but will be available for team interviews.
Goalie Jack Campbell and German forward Tom Kuehnhackl, who are set to join the team next year, will also be attending the combine.
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