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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
On a typical evening at the office, there are at least a couple of different types of characters that happen by Ray Ferraro’s work space.
Ferraro inhabits the greatest cubicle in the sports business, situated as it is between the benches of NHL rinks, from where he provides colour commentary on TSN broadcasts. As he does, one of those types of players is likely to carry on a running dialogue with him as the game goes on. Ferraro says Bobby Ryan, the Ottawa Senators veteran, is especially chatty. Ditto Phil Kessel, the former Leaf, among many.
And then there’s another category of player: The guy who clearly knows Ferraro is standing there, but never remotely threatens to make eye contact, let alone small talk.
“That’s fine, too,” Ferraro was saying Tuesday.
It was even fine, Ferraro said, when the NHL player he knows best mostly refused to acknowledge his existence on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. The player was Landon Ferraro, Ray’s 24-year-old son, a late addition to the Bruins lineup in Boston’s 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs.
Landon Ferraro was a goal scoring machine for the Red Deer Rebels during the 2008-09 season which prompted the Detroit Red Wings to take him with their first choice in the 2009 NHL Draft. Since then, he has struggled.
from Ray Ferraro at TSN,
We met in the morning to walk over to the arena, Landon wearing a different suit and hoping for a quick selection.
Sometimes you look back at an event and realize its significance only in retrospect. With the 29th pick Friday night, Detroit traded down three spots to No. 32. They acquired a 3rd round pick to move down, and 10 minutes after getting into the arena Saturday morning, we heard words I had dreamt about many times watching my son chase his dream.
Ken Holland was at the microphone and said “with the 32nd pick, the Detroit Red Wings select, from the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels - Landon Ferraro.”
When I write those words, I still have tears in my eyes.
The son of Ray.