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The Story of Ryan Kesler

From Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Yahoo! Sports:

Ryan Kesler grew up in Livonia, Mich., a Detroit suburb about a 25-minute drive to two Canadian border crossings. It was there that he and his older brother, Todd, played with mini-sticks and mini-nets while their sister, Jennifer, cheered on the sidelines. “They would literally play for hours,” said his father, Mike Kesler, “and it was always for the Stanley Cup.”

It was there that his quiet intensity first came out, where he began developing into the top two-way player he is today, where he gained that chip on his shoulder – and where he still returns over the phone or in person to feel at home.

He was 4 when his father, a former college player and longtime youth hockey coach, now a scout for the U.S. national team development program, first took him onto the ice.

“He grabbed my hand, went around the rink once, and then he said, ‘Dad, I don’t need your hand anymore,’ ” his father said.

read on—A great, in-depth piece about Kesler’s childhood and hockey history

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awould's avatar

Kesler is one of those players that if he weren’t on the team and playing at a high level, you wouldn’t win the Cup.  Which is to say, he is not easily replaceable. By far my favorite “non-star” player who is not in a Red Wings uniform and the primary reason the Cancucks will win, and deserve to win, the Stanley Cup this year.

Posted by awould on 05/29/11 at 03:08 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

The fact that Livonia Native Ryan Kesler rooted for the Avalanche and went to Ohio State leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, even if he does play two-way hockey like most all-star players should.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/29/11 at 06:13 PM ET

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