Posted September 14, 2018 12:42:52A number of hockey players have been honoured in recent years for their role in the game.
One of those has been Bobby Ryan.
Former hockey player and current head coach of the Calgary Flames, Ryan was the first black hockey player to play in the NHL.
He joined the team in 1981, but went on to become one of the greatest players in NHL history.
His nickname is ‘Devil’.
Ryan was a pioneer for many in the sport, from players like Bobby Orr and Bobby Hull, to the players themselves.
His name became synonymous with the NHL after he signed his first NHL contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the spring of 1979.
He was selected in the third round of the 1979 NHL Draft, but would go on to play more than 1,000 games with the Leafs.
Ryan was named to the NHL’s all-time scoring list and is second all-timer on the all- time career scoring list with 2,827 points.
He also has a franchise record with 652 points in 782 career games.
Ryan retired from the NHL in 1988, but continued to play the game and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.
He is currently the president of the Hockey Players’ Association of Canada.