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Bobby Ryan pens a touching tribute to his mother

From Bobby Ryan of the Players' Tribune:

Der Mom,

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.

I was 12 when dad got caught and had to go away. Before that, he was very much the head of the family. Everything kind of revolved around him. But after he was gone suddenly, you had to take on more than you probably ever thought you would — more than any parent should have to. You didn’t panic, though. You always seemed to be in control, even though you might not have felt like you were. And you did such an amazing job. Just, such an amazing job.

When I think about you, I don’t think about what Dad did to you. I don’t think about how scared we were when he was caught. I don’t think about any of that. Instead, the first thing that comes to mind, of all things, is California Pizza Kitchen.

I know you’re smiling right now at just the mention of that. California Pizza Kitchen was our place.


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Temo's avatar

Dammit.  I got dust in my eyes . .

Posted by Temo from La Capital, Míchígán on 07/29/16 at 10:15 AM ET


A beautiful tribute to a strong, capable dedicated mom.  She sure did allot right!

Posted by pondrockit on 07/29/16 at 10:44 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Who’s cutting all these onions in here, quit it with that.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/29/16 at 11:07 AM ET


I saw the comments and thought, “there is no way it is that bad”.... well shit… it is that bad.  She should be very proud of how great a job she did of raising a fine young man.  Lots of moms just like her all around the world.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/29/16 at 01:21 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

A beautiful tribute to his Mother. downer

Posted by bigfrog on 07/29/16 at 08:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Bless you, Bobby.  My condolences on your loss.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/29/16 at 10:09 PM ET

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