And then there were two — Newfoundland natives skating in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs that is.
With losses by the San Jose Sharks (Ryan Clowe) and Calgary Flames (Adam Pardy), Boston Bruins winger Michael Ryder and Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary are the only two Newfoundlanders still alive in pursuit of the Cup. Last year, Cleary captured the most coveted trophy in the sport and brought it back to his homeland. Ryder, however, wasn’t around.
“I heard there was a lot of people there though,” Ryder told TheBruinsBlog.net this week after one of the team’s many practices at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., in preparation for the second round.
When asked if he holds it against Cleary that he got to be the first ever Newfoundlander to return home with the Cup, Ryder quickly dispelled that notion.
“No, not at all. It’s good him; I’m happy for him,” said Ryder. “All the things that he’s been through and he’s having a great career now. For him to win the Cup and bring it home was good to see.” (more…)