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Dwayne Roloson and the Story of Kelly Ryan

From Martin Fennelly at the Tampa Tribune:

There’s a small green shamrock painted on the back plate of Roloson’s goalie mask — a shamrock with the initials KR inside it. And there are the letters TDLO for “The Dream Lives On.”

It’s for a friend, a former camper at Roloson’s summer goalie school, a boy not unlike Roloson’s young sons, Brett and Ross. The shamrock is for a remarkable boy who’ll always be 12, with a mop of hair and smile that could melt the ice.

It’s for KR.  Kelly Ryan.

“I’m honored to have him with me,” Roloson said.

“The dream lives on, that’s true,” said Phil Ryan, Kelly’s father. “Every day I watch Roli in the playoffs, even though Roli’s name is on the sweater, … Kelly is there. He’s in the Eastern Conference Finals.”

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hockeychic's avatar

Wow, what a story.  I teared up reading that one.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/19/11 at 06:02 PM ET

MSUMorty's avatar

Another example of why hockey players are the best people in sports.

Posted by MSUMorty on 05/19/11 at 06:56 PM ET


The Tampa Tribune story is heartwrenching.  Man, I gotta wipe away the tears now..

Posted by Frosty on 05/20/11 at 04:21 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Damn it’s dusty in here today.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/20/11 at 01:14 PM ET


Thankfully there’s tall walls around my desk at work… hockey players are the best athletes in the world.

Posted by keith on 05/20/11 at 05:15 PM ET

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